I’m about to do something that terrifies me. But they say challenging yourself is important so here I go…
I’m going to attempt NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month and so for 30 days thousands of people all around the world try to write 50,000 words of a novel. And this year, I am one of them. God help me.
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you’ll know that I’ve been in a bit of a motivational crisis. I wrote about it here and here. I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for the last few years and to be honest, it has never interested me. Friends of mine have done it and from watching them from afar it seems very stressful. Why would anyone put themselves through that?! In order to hit the word count you need to be writing 1,667 words PER DAY.
When I wrote my book Doing It I kept track of my word count on this website called Pacemaker. I just logged back in to check my stats. I wrote 60,000 words in 75 days. That’s an average of 800 words a day. So this is not going to be easy…
But doing this project whether I succeed or fail just feels right to me. I’m still not out of my creative funk and doing something like this I think will really help. I think I’ve finally come up with an idea for my novel but I still have no idea how to write fiction. How do you build characters? How on earth do you write convincing dialogue?!
Like I said, I am terrified. To be honest, I’m already going into this expecting to fail. Not the best mindset to be in but manage your expectations, right? Well, not exactly. I want to succeed. But here’s what I mean by “succeed”. It doesn’t mean write an incredible story that people will like, no. In NaNoWriMo terms, “success” is writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Those words can be absolute shite as long as you hit the word count. For me though, “success” isn’t finishing a novel, it’s not even hitting 50,000 words. It’s just having something at the end of this month so say, ‘hey I wrote that!’ It may not be the best way to write a novel but it’s the best thing I’ve got to force myself to create something and get out of this funk I’m in.
And I’m preparing to make November as easy for me as possible. I’m pre-filming all my videos for the month and drafting all my blog posts so I don’t have to worry about them. They’ll just be ready to go when I need them! To be honest, that’s all I’m doing to prepare. I probably should also plan the actual novel – like characters and plot. But I literally I have NO idea what’s going to happen in the story so I’m hoping that 1st November when I sit down to write something ANYTHING comes out of my fingertips.
This is a huge challenge for me. I was never any good at creative writing in school. I don’t know what I’m doing. All I know is that I want to at least try to do this. I’m hoping that by telling people I’m doing NaNoWrimo, I’ll be held accountable and people on Twitter will check in with me everyday asking how many words I’ve written.
I’m not sure how NaNoWriMo works but apparently you can add friends/writing buddies on the site? Here’s my profile – if you’re also doing NanowriMo you can add me!
So wish me luck! If you have any tips for writing fiction or completing NaNoWrimo please leave them in the comments! And hopefully this post has maybe made you realise something you’re scared of doing and you should challenge yourself to do that thing!