Yes, it’s almost that time of year.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place in November and for some reason I’m prepping like crazy for this one which I’ve never done before. I normally just make a story up on the day or a few days before and don’t plan what is going to happen – my writing style is to let it develop naturally and I stumble upon some pretty decent story arcs and twists along the way.
This year I am at a loss! I thought I had an idea to run with and I started yet ANOTHER Pinterest board with some inspirational pictures and ever since I decided to do that story I’ve had not one but three other story ideas in the past week. And that’s to add to the list of stories I already have on the back burner waiting their turn to be written and brought to life.
I feel like this is a silly thing to be worried about – I know that other writers sometimes struggle to come up with stories and writers block is a thing but I don’t have that issue. I have the opposite issue!
Ever since I did my degree [English Lit and Language] I have been an idea machine for not only novels but films, tv shows, podcasts, everything that could be made.
The secret is to write down every single idea you have even if you think it sounds like crap. It’s such an easy concept, I know, but it does take a while to get into the habit of it. Now that my brain works that way, though, I write ideas down constantly. I can be anywhere, it can be any time. I have a file on my phone where I just add things to the list and that list is now very long!
So the question is what do I write this year? I think I’ll end up going with my gut on the day which is going to wreck my Pinterest board but oh well.
Sorry that this is a bit of a jibberish blog post with no pictures for your eyes to digest.
If you want to know more about NaNoWriMo just give me a shout and we can talk. I’ve already talked two of my friends into it this year which will be the first year I have people to do it with [aside from the Manchester group I never seem to have time to meet up with]. I’m excited. Bring on November!