For the past few years, I have dabbled in NaNoWriMo. The thing I have learnt in this time is that you can’t dabble in NaNoWriMo. There is nothing more disheartening than starting a new story each year and then putting it on the back-burner by the 10th of the month. So this year, like every year, I am taking the pledge to reach 50,000 words by November 30th. The difference between this year and all years before is that I have a blog this time, and hate the idea of having to admit to you all that I have failed. So, this is it, my famous last words: bring on NaNoWriMo 2015!
The novel I am choosing to write is actually one I have been writing on/off for a number of years now. I have the advantage of already having some plans and notes written out for it, which should hopefully give me the kickstart I need. In my head, the novel is complete – the characters all have names and faces, I even have the movie soundtrack sorted (just for fun) – but the tricky part is transferring the things from my imagination onto paper. Is that not always the hardest part?
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and runs every year from 1st to the 30th November. The website offers buckets of motivation and inspiration, as writers from all around the world attempt this 50,000 word challenge. More information about how it works can be found here. The blog is also really interesting.
Anyone can join – the website is free, and offers the space to keep information on your book, and of course keeps track of your word count if you update frequently. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of seeing the word count creep up a little bit each day.
Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year? Follow my progress here.