I can’t believe I’m writing this but… it’s almost November, which means it’s almost time for National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo from here on in]. I talk about this every year and this year is no exception.
NaNoWriMo is a big part of my life and has been for the past six years – this will be my seventh. A quick catch up; I always wanted to write books as a kid/young adult. I never thought I was smart enough, or whatever the teachers at my school treated me as [distracting? talkative? not able to pay attention long enough?], but one year I decided to give NaNoWriMo a go and here we are, seven years later, with seven fully completed novels under my belt as well as a few short novellas…
If you want to check out my NaNo page it’s here and if you’re just interested in the cover of the story I’ll be working on it’s right here:
Making silly covers is a hobby of mine. Anywho, this one is actually the 2nd in a series. I wrote the first one in 2013 and I’m currently editing it so I know what the hell I’m supposed to be writing this year. Whoever thought I was lazy should really hang their heads in shame!
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking my notebook into my local coffee shop [who see me writing, blogging and drawing regularly enough for them to ignore me, phew] and planning out the rough story idea. The thing I don’t like to do too much of is getting into the nitty gritty. Some writers like to plan meticulously [have you ever seen JK Rowling’s Harry Potter plan? Wow!] but I’m a big fan of writing myself into and out of situations. My brain is pretty good at figuring things out along the way and I enjoy the freedom of making it up as I go along.
Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Why not make this year the year you do it – it’s 50,000 words in the month of November [1667 per day] and if you make it to the end it’s fantastic. If you don’t? It doesn’t matter, you still got farther than you would have done!
So, who’s doing it? If you need help or want to chat about it hit me up, follow me on the site and make sure you’re following me on Instagram as I’ll be posting regularly on my progress!
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Out of three NaNo attempts, I’ve only finished once. Honestly, while it did get me to write, by the end I wasn’t really having fun anymore and just wanted to be done and over with it. I can see how people might enjoy it, but I think it’s not a thing that works for me. While I wrote massive, long, godawful fanfictions in middle and high school, I realized in college that I’m really not a long-form writer. Even the longest screenplay I ever wrote (back when I wrote those) was only 30 pages long. I can do beginnings and endings and little scenes in between, but please don’t ask me to string them together into one long thing, lol!
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Haha! I’m the opposite! I can’t write short stories at all! You should write a handful of shorts just for fun – I’d love to read them 😊