So I’ve never really given NaNoWriMo much thought before.
I don’t know why, but I always had something against it… Fine, I’ll be honest with you guys. I’ve always had a hidden fear of NaNoWriMo. I covered it up by saying, “To me, writing is only for fun” or “I’m already in the middle of a project.”
My writing journey began seven years ago, and since then, I’ve never participated. But things are going to change this year. I’m going to hop inside the loop and conquer this NaNo thing authors can’t stop blabbering about.
what is nanowrimo?
I’m guessing most writers already know what it is, but NaNoWriMo is an annual internet event where authors all over the world participate in a challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. They can add onto their current novel, or (most common) start a completely new project.
Now, my original plan was to add 50k to my current novel, bringing it up to nearly 100k. But I gave it some thought and asked a few writer friends of mine. I finally decided to start a new project.
Don’t worry…I won’t be abandoning my old one. However, I won’t be working on it until after November. During this NaNoWriMo event I will be working on a book that I have been DYING to write for the longest time.
A fantasy story.
my strange method of brainstorming
Many people say their best ideas come randomly throughout the day. Although I also experience this, most of my story plots I come up with in brainstorms. The story I will be working on in particular for NaNoWriMo was one of the strangest ideas I’ve ever thought of.
It was during one of these little brainstorming sessions. I was sitting in a chair, searching the room to see if I could spot any interesting objects. My eyes landed on an apple sitting on the dining room table.
And then it hit me. A magical apple that could grant any wish! I laughed and shut my notebook. “That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever thought of.”
Later that night, I realized that with some work, it might not be too bad.
Here’s the thing. I’ve seen a lot of really strange stories in books, shows, and movies. Really strange. And yet the way they are written or shown is in an artistically beautiful way. Personally, I believe that if an author can take an absurd topic and make me care in a serious way, that’s talent.
nanowrimo should be spent doing something for enjoyment, not because you want to get a project done.
The reason why I decided to stray from my original plan of adding 50k to my current novel is because I was only going to do it to get the book done. Not because I wanted to work on the project more, or because I thought it would be exciting. I only did it because I wanted to be finished. I’ve been working on it for too long.
But then I realized that if you’re going to work, it should be on something you enjoy. NaNoWriMo is going to be a challenge, and you shouldn’t devote so much time and energy into a project that you don’t want to complete in a rushed manner.
I encourage all of you to answer these questions:
- Out of all of my story ideas, why are I choosing this one for NaNoWriMo?
- What are some things I can do to increase my motivation in this new project?
I’m curious to hear your responses, so if you don’t mind sharing them, please leave a comment below 🙂Log in or Register to save this content for later.