So for whatever mad reason as if I didn’t already have a million and one things to do I decided to give NaNoWriMo a go this year, National Novel Writing Month where the goal is to write 50000 words in the month of November..
Yeah as you can gather I didn’t really think this through, if you break it down (which I didn’t until now) that’s roughly 1666 words a day! By day 7 I had written 2568 and I thought I was fecking deadly. The funniest part of it all is I don’t even know what I was writing about, I didn’t have a plan or much of an idea I thought let’s just write whatever comes into my head cause honestly there’s an awful lot of shit in there and see what happens, but sure as soon as I sat down to do anything it’s like my brain switched off laughed at me and said good luck.
So here are some things I discovered about myself while doing Nanowrimo:
- I can’t force creativity, no matter how much I want to write I can’t make it happen it needs to happen organically (the thoughts love to flow when I’m in the shower or falling asleep and can’t write things down..)
- My thought process is not structured it’s more like a long and winding road with more intersections than I can count jutting off into numerous other routes and wandering off into the unknown.
- I can’t keep up with my head sometimes and if I don’t write things down straight away I lose them.
- I type faster than I write, this helps when I sink into a thought spiral because it helps me keep up with my train of thought whilst also staying neat.
- I won’t be block writing a novel anytime soon.
- November is just too busy for serious concentration.
- I probably should have prepared.
While I didn’t get the guts of a novel down I did write over 7000 words which was a good kick-start into getting me writing. You also have to take into account the fact that I work full time and have 2 kids plus I am excellent at procrastinating. I hope to continue writing, I have a notebook for jotting down things that pop into my head. When it comes down to it as much as I would love to write an epic fantasy I think I am far better at putting real life into words than I am at creating new lives. It was definitely a good learning process and I think everyone should give it a go at some point.
My tips for anyone giving it a go next year:
- Have an idea first don’t go in blind.
- Work out a plan, set aside time in your day for writing.
- Get outside and get some air, look for inspiration to keep your mind awake.
- Sleep, if you’re up all night writing schedule in a nap.
- Don’t compare yourself to others.
- Don’t put pressure on yourself.
- Remember there are 11 other months in the year that you can write in too!
Did you take part in NaNoWriMo, how did you find it?