So if you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for
During this month, each participant commits to writing 1667 words each day in order to complete a 50K word novel manuscript. For some of us, 1667 is little more than an hour at the keyboard. For others, it is a huge amount and well beyond any reasonable expectation. The main idea, however, is to stop thinking about writing and actually write.
Sure, by the end of the month, what you will have on your hands will require a lot of editing and perhaps a page by page re-write, but it won’t just be an idea floating around in your head anymore. Also, you would have picked up a kick-ass writing habit, which any decent writer will tell you is the key to good writing. Like lifting weights or running a marathon, consistency is key to results.
This year I am committing to completing NaNoWriMo. I participated in years past, unofficially, and got a good jump on some great stories. This year, however, I want to use this November to rework and complete a story I began a few years ago and never completed. I got five or six chapters in and gave up. I have always regretted not doing the work to bring that story to life.
So this time I am going to tackle it methodically, planning a detailed outline for the plot. In the world of writing, there are generally two kinds of people. Plotters (those who plan meticulously) and Pantsers (those who sit at the keyboard and let the muse direct the story). There is a fair amount of both. Joanna Penn is a plotter. Steven King is a pantser. I am what you call a PLANTSER. I have a solid idea and a rough outline when I begin to write, but more often than not, I obey my instincts and write what comes.
Sometimes it works out great.
Sometimes it’s complete shit.
I think the reason why Unintended Consequences was abandoned was that I didn’t really believe in the story I was telling. I didn’t have a point. So I am revisiting the idea again with a plan and an idea firmly in mind. I am going to commit to the NaNoWriMo process and put approximately 2K words on paper each day. No excuses. No days off.
I plan to take part in more NaNoWriMo events and interact more with other writers in my area. I may even become one of those people who participate in NaNoWriMo events all years round. You know, the ones that go to the meetups and volunteer to be coaches and team leaders and shit. Yup, like the bookish version of band camp.
In many ways, Blogtober is the best way to prepare for NaNoWriMo. It’s my warm up. And I am grateful for all of you who are putting up with my daily ramblings as I work my way up to NaNoWriMo. If you are interested in following along in November and seeing just what I do with Unintended Consequences then you can follow me on Wattpad.
As for the rest of you, if you too are going to be writing for your life during NaNoWriMo, feel free to drop me a line. Let’s be writing buddies! And as for the rest of you, thanks for your support so far.