It’s that time of the year again, where all writers, aspiring and ones who already have their names on bookshelves, gather together to write in a simple yet conflicting and BRAIN-SHATTERING way : thanks to NaNoWriMo.
If you’re not aware of what that is, because you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, away from the tight bloggers/writers community, or simply, because you’re not interested in writing, NaNoWriMo is a crazy-challenging idea, where you’re supposed to write a novel – well, 50,000 words – in November. When the cold weather is coming, when you’re swamped with essays, work and exams coming soon -well, for me-, why not add to the amazingly little torture by thinking, HEY, let’s write a NOVEL in the month?!
Last year, I participated and I completely failed. I had some plans in mind, some ideas shaped, but it wasn’t enough. This year, I’m definitely coming back full swing with another idea, AN OUTLINE that I’m completely moving every single time I’m writing –is that the right way to do so? ANYWAY, I AM WRITING. And that’s what matters.
I’m currently working on an idea I had for a while, now. In it, I’m sorry to say you won’t find any dragons, fantasy creatures or elves, because I feel like that’s not my writing style, but maybe I’ll try, sometime! I’m writing a contemporary novel, with a twist that you won’t see coming, hopefully. It deals with studies, pressure, it has childhood best friends with a complicated and heartbreaking relationship, it’s about who to trust and who you can’t trust. It’s about following your dreams, and learning at what cost. I’m not going to share an official synopsis, not because I’m feeling like I will become an amazing, best-selling author, but because I’m shaping the whole story as I write. And because I’m kind of shy. 😳
HELP, NaNoWriMo is taking over my life?!
Okay, honestly, I asked myself this question a thousand times since the beginning of November. I put off homework, I PUT OFF READING to write (THAT hurts me, believe me). But I love every single step of the way. I’m currently at 21,000 words – a little behind, but I’d say I’m doing pretty good, for now. I’m trying to write a little bit everyday, even if it’s just a few words. Because it feels GOOD to update the word count, and see that I’m progressing. That, unlike last year, I’m not letting this story down. If you’re interested, you can add me as a writing buddy!
So, here we are. I’m no expert on the subject, since it’s only my second year participating in this, but I do have some tips that I hope will be helpful.
💭 It doesn’t matter if you’re not a plotter, or a pantser. If you prefer to have a whole outline, the whole story shaped, or just throw yourself in the writing without looking back, letting yourself free. WRITE AS YOU FEEL it, and don’t panic because others outline, and others don’t. Do it your way, YOUR WAY is the RIGHT WAY.
💭 WORD COUNT IS A DEVIL ON YOUR SHOULDER. Don’t listen to him. He’s pressuring you, to update him every single day, even when you’re too busy, or not feeling like it. Just send him away. If you joined NaNo, it’s to write. Write, at your rhythm. Never force yourself to write.
💭 NEVER LOOK BACK, the road is ahead. November is a writing month, you definitely should put those words on the page, and see what you can change about it later. Put your story out there, no matter how sketchy it is for now. It will be there, and that’s what matters.