NaNoWriMo (2016)

NaNoWriMo is nearly upon us, and once more, I prepare myself for the month of dreaded excitement. A month filled with caffeine and inevitable late nights. Characters will nudge me in the direction they want to go, and the plot will inevitably derail at some point. Or multiple points. Notebooks and pens will be at the ready, when I’m not furiously typing away on a keyboard on a Microsoft Word document.

This is my fifth year doing NaNoWriMo. Thus far, I have won three years in a row, but I failed last year, so I’m back, adamant to defeat NaNoWriMo 2016. Some would call me a veteran. I would say I still feel like a beginner. Every year, as we edge closer to the inevitable first day, my mind goes frantic. One half of me tells me I can’t do this, but the other is begging me to start writing. Every. Year. It hasn’t changed in the five years I’ve been doing this.

Just like every other year, inevitably, I think of another idea I could do for NaNoWriMo. An idea that hasn’t been fleshed out yet at all, and will probably run out of steam before the halfway point. Trust me, choosing one idea is harder than it looks when you have others begging for your attention. You have to shut it down, and focus on the idea you’ve chosen. Ironically, that idea isn’t all that fleshed out either. But a vague plan is better than no plan (for me anyway – if you’re a pantser, good on ya!). I’m a plantser. I like to plan enough of my story to know where it’s heading, but not enough that I know every exact move the character will make. It’s more spontaneous and fun that way.

Regardless, NaNoWriMo is the most insane month, for the best reasons. You have other writers joining in your pain and frustrations over the whole experience, but you’ll all leave thinking that was the best month you’ve ever had. It’s the only time I ever feel part of a universal community connecting in the same way.

Plus, you can always relish in the reactions of many a person when you tell them you’re going to write 50,000 words in a month. ‘50,000 words, in a month?!’ It’s the number one phrase I’ve heard, even amongst fellow writers. It’s not an easy feat, but just seeing their reactions makes the process that little more bearable. It’s a bright spark in the chaos that is NaNoWriMo, and it always gives me a little piece of joy.

Just remember, if you don’t win NaNoWriMo, it’s okay. You’ve still managed to write some words towards a draft of your novel, and that’s a step further than those writers who have this ‘great idea for a novel’, but will never actually write it. You’ve actually contributed towards your story! That’s great. It’s an important step to take.

Good luck! Here’s to the most insane month of your lives!

Week One

This week started well, but as often happens, the rest of the week slipped away from me, and I’m left to play catch up. I’m behind by about 4k right now, so playing catch up might become more difficult as the week progresses, considering I also let my university work slip, and I have things to get done towards my degree.

Thus far, I’m lacking the motivation to do anything. I’ve procrastinated so much, my brain has decided to not do anything productive whatsoever. In fact, I’m finding every reason to avoid doing my university work. This becomes a problem, because I’m refusing to write for NaNoWriMo until I’ve gotten my university work done, but as you can tell, I’m not coping with that problem very well.

The perils of being a student eh?

Hopefully, I can give myself a big kick up the ass and get my uni work done. And hopefully next week will be a more productive week. I so wanna write this story, but I wanna do it guilt free. I might even attend a write in just to get the word count up. We’ll see how this next week goes.

Word Count: 6797

Week Two

Wow. I almost feel naive after re-reading my week one post. Well, I was only 4k behind, and now I’m basically 10k behind. That’s a ton to catch up on, but so long as I write double the amount I’m supposed to per day, I’ll catch back up again.

I procrastinated a lot last week. As I mentioned, I was putting off my university work, therefore I was putting off writing. Consequently, I’m very far behind now. I had a deadline to make for Friday, therefore NaNoWriMo was on hiatus until I’d successfully completed that deadline. Plus, I had a book to read by Monday, so once again, I pushed it aside. I literally spent Friday and today binge writing, but as mentioned, that’s not enough. Perhaps after I publish this post, I’ll write a bit more. Perhaps not.

Either way, I’ve got some work to do!

Current Word Count: 11, 297

Week Three

Oops, posting a day late. Ah well.

This week has been the most productive week since I started NaNoWriMo. Asides from maybe one day, I actually managed to write enough to catch up. Woo hoo! We’re nearly in the home stretch, so if I can keep up this productive streak, and simultaneously do my university work, life will be pretty sweet.

Word Count: 32, 358

Week Four

This week, I finally caught up with my word count, as I mentioned in my last post. Unfortunately, I decided to take three days’ rest, and had to play catch up again. Thankfully, I was so into my novel that I actually wanted to write it, and the words flowed relatively easily.

I actually managed to reach 50k tonight, so I won’t make another blog post next week, because it’ll be redundant. But I might write an overall blog post about my experience. I’m not quite done yet with my novel, but I’m nearly there. So nearly.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it, despite knowing I’ll have to change the majority of the language I chose to use (goodbye cliches!), and I need to plan out my novel, because I might change a fundamental part of it. We’ll see.

Word Count: 50, 334