Friday, November 15, 2013
November is National Novel Writing Month
The idea behind NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This gets ideas down, helps aspiring authors develop the habit of writing and it builds community and fellowship between budding wordsmiths and established authors. NaNoWriMo can be a ton of fun. It can also make you twitch and feel kind of stabby. No? Just me then.
This would have been my fifth year attempting NaNo. It also would've been my fifth year failing. I'm not sure if it's my hardheadedness or what, but I hate the pressure of tracking my word counts. I don't feel camaraderie as I log my daily numbers on the site or answer questions about how it's going on social media. I feel frustrated for having to account for what I'm doing. I get twitchy as I watch the word count bars soar from some of my fellow authors while mine stagnates. I get angsty and cranky and to be completely honest, I quit. Somewhere mid-month, I throw my hands in the air and scream for a while, then I quit.
It's okay. NaNoWriMo isn't for everyone. This year, I'm moving past the guilt. Normally, I chastise myself for not loving the experience. I feel inept for quitting. I eat my weight in pumpkin donuts and spiced chai lattes. Fifteen days ago, I gave myself permission to say No to WriMo. And it was liberating. Who knew?
It's funny how many things I've learned about myself since the day I opened Google and typed in "How to write a book." I think that's one of the best parts about writing. Discovering who we are. Learning the truth about ourselves that we never thought to ask. Some things make perfect sense, like the fact I'm a fierce feminist. Other things make no sense like why I can write 80,000 words in six weeks on a deadline, but can't bring myself to finish 50,000 in November despite the entire world of friends cheering me on. *shrugs*
So, this year, I'm taking time off to cheer others on. I'm an absolute fan of the event. Picture me typing with a big foam finger. Hey, if you're NaNoing this month, I'm rooting for you. I am. You can do it! You've got this! *high kicks* *pom poms*
I'm changing gears. Instead of writing this month, I'm plotting a project for the new year. I'm outlining and brainstorming and doing something I've wanted to do for ages....I'm writing fan fiction. Tell me, are you writing this month for NaNoWriMo? How's it going? Can I encourage you today? Are you a Fan Fiction writer or reader? What's your story of choice? Tell me what you're up to this month. I'm listening :)