NaNoWriMo is just over a week away, and this year, for the first time ever, I’m going to give it a go.
Writing a whole novel in a month is a pretty challenging concept, particularly to someone who’s never written an entire full-length piece before now, but a support network like NaNoWriMo is exactly what I need to get it done. It’s the missing part of the puzzle – with a daily word count target, writing ‘buddies’ to support and motivate, and get-togethers in the local area, I think November might just be my month!
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month is held every year in November. It provides that extra push for writers to finally get that piece written. As for me, I’ll be penning a story I’ve been wanting to write for a while now. It’s a thriller, which is unusual for me, but I specifically want to explore the characters, the motives and the backstories behind them. It’ll be an exploration of the human psyche, more than a crime story.
The plan is to just write. NaNoWriMo sets a target of about 1,600 words a day – a word count which is attainable on a good day, but difficult when it comes to juggling life and work and plot. And what about the days when you just don’t feel like it? Tough! That’s what it’s there for – it’s motivation and it’s pressure but it means you end with a 50,000 novel under your belt.
My problem is that I tinker too much – I like to rehash a scene repeatedly until it’s literarily perfect, but I get nowhere because, while I’m fussing over which word sounds best, the story doesn’t develop. This month, as I undertake the project, I’m going to repeatedly remind myself that this is only a first draft. Tinkering can happen afterwards – after all, it’s much easier to edit a 50,000 word novel than to stare at a blank page.
So, here’s to my first draft, which is currently in the planning process, although I’m likely to let the story tell itself when the first of November comes.
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