Today, on the 1st November, I start what might just be my craziest challenge yet. This year I have decided to do NaNoWriMo.
For those of you that don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and it’s a chance for bookish folk to get stuck into some writing. The aim of the challenge is to write 50,000 words between the first and last days of November.
It’s something I’ve toyed with doing for a few years but it always seemed like a terrible idea to do during university, since we used to have most of our deadlines during November. This year I decided that I didn’t have enough excuses and I should try my best at ‘winning’ NaNoWriMo.
I’ve written a draft of a novel before and am working on one right now but they’ve both taken a lot longer than 30 days to write!
I’m starting a project pretty much from scratch for NaNoWriMo. It’s fantasy and I had the idea for it in a Greek philosophy lecture a couple of years ago. I wrote up the opening scene for it way back when but abandoned it as I just couldn’t figure it out. I’ve taken the same idea but will be approaching it completely differently (and hopefully making it a lot longer than those few quick chunks I wrote previously) so I think it counts as not having written it.
Since I’ve never done it before, I’ve been looking for advice everywhere I can find it. Most of it tends to suggest that you should do as much planning and prep as you can before you start writing. That’s not something that I tend to do much of when I’m writing. In fact, I’m usually a have-a-loose-plan-and-wing-it kind of writer. I don’t think that will cut it for this though so I’ve been making plenty of notes and the start of a plot outline to try and make sure things as easy as possible for myself.
I don’t want to share too much more right now but I’ll keep you updated when I can. I’m planning on writing a post at the end of the month to tell you how I got on. I’ll also be tweeting about so go ahead and follow me there if you are interested. I’m @thisnortherngal there, if you were curious.
For now, all that is left to do is to ask you to wish me luck and share any advice you might have for me if you’ve completed NaNoWriMo before!