I spent a large part of day one trying to convince myself to write. I’d woken up with a headache and I was growing more and more achey and my novel was staring me in the face, practically daring me to write it and the second I started it’d pull away from me, mocking. “Haha, can’t catch me!” I was a bit tired, you see. Every now and then I’d start stressing over it. “Oh but I need to write! I’ll fall behind on NaNoWriMo and I want to hit 3k words today.” I just happened to be staring at Scrivener, willing myself to plonk some words down when Dan reminded me that I didn’t need to hit 50k by the end of the month. That I am doing NaNoWriMo for fun and whatever I do write is a bonus so there’s really no need to panic over not writing lots of words in one day. This was exactly what I’d been saying beforehand, I just seemed to have forgotten about it in all of my excitement and tried to push myself too hard.
I’ll be taking it easy. I’ve got my epic fantasy on the go as my main story but I have also started a chick lit on the side for a bit of fun when my fantasy feels too much like treacle wading.
Remember guys: no matter how seriously you mean to take your writing, NaNoWriMo is fun and there’s no need to burn yourself out. Just because you don’t write as many words as some other people does not make you a failure, you’ll have still written more than the average human being and not “just ‘cus” but because you care about something. Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves this November!
I adore word wars. Adore. You get to write solidly in short bursts and then compare with friends who’s better.. AHEM.. who wrote the most. *competitive jeer*
This year I’m likely going to be using different IM clients and as such would love to word war with some peoples. Occasionally I’ll prod the NaNoWriMo hashtag and see who’s up for word wars on Twitter but let’s face it – it’s not as fun as when you do it with friends and can prod each other out of the writing zone.. remind me why I like these things again?
If you’d like to join me, just give me a prod and we’ll sort something out! At the moment I have MSN and GTalk but I really should get a one-size-fits-all IM client.
Do you guys like word wars or do you find the short bursts too short to really get into the writing?
Rather than clutter my book/gaming blogs with writing stuff, I thought I’d move it all to a separate entity, and what better way to start than with NaNoWriMo. I presume you all know what this barrel of madness is by now but just in case here’s the gist: write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November and join in with a great community.
My history with NaNoWriMo isn’t too bad. I heard about it in 2009 where I thought starting a couple of days into November meant that it was an entirely pointless endeavour and I had a stupid story and I’d never be a writer. Boohoo, etc. By 2010 I had kind of wished I’d sucked it up and written what I could. I gave it a jolly good bash but by 30k words I’d grown entirely bored of my story, threw my characters through a portal, made it to 40k and henceforth “couldn’t take it anymore”. Well, I tried. Roll on 2011 when I went in with a little more of a story. Okay.. not really. This time I tried “pantsing” it. (Going in with no idea of plot or characters and just rolling with the madness) Sometimes I grew bored, but this is where I started a second story to keep me writing. This time I was determined to hit 50k words, why? I wanted the 50% Scrivener discount. And I damn well got it.
So, here we are. NaNoWriMo 2012. This time I have a completely different story. The past few years I’ve had tentative urban fantasies and fairy tales. This year, I’m starting my baby. The high fantasy (or epic fantasy) I have wanted to write for years. I now have two solid characters, enough of a world and a plot to ride in on my white horse and save the day… or alternatively to pants my way through this nameless world and see where Eshne and Kato end up. I don’t need to hit 50k words by the end of November which takes away a lot of the stress and I have something I love to bring to life. It’ll be a shit life, I won’t lie. I like to call anything of mine that comes out of NaNo “draft 0.5”. Not quite a first draft, but not something to be disregarded either. NaNo gets me writing and reminds me what I love to do. No pressure to complete the 50k goal, just a bit of fun and a great community.
Who else is joining in this year? My profile is over here if you’re looking for buddies – just let me know who you are! 🙂