National Novel Writing Month

31/10/2014 Writing 6

National Novel Writing Month
Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a day!

Whilst I have heard about it before, it had never really crossed my mind to actually do it! 50,000 words in a month? Crazy! But maybe I was brainwashed by repeatedly seeing posts about it floating round the blogosphere, and tweets about it on Twitter, because I suddenly decided to go for it!

And what does my last minuteness mean? That whilst most participants have probably spent October planning out the novel they will write for NaNoWriMo, I have got no plan at all. I have an idea, but it’s nothing more than a vague concept. No plot, no clear-cut characters, no setting…and I have to make a 50,000 word novel out of that nothing!

It’s fair to say, I’m pretty daunted, but also pretty excited. I have kind of fallen out of fiction writing a little bit since starting my blog, as I have been too busy writing posts, but really, there’s no reason why, with a bit of discipline, I shouldn’t do both! Although it will be hard to fit in with my job and all the writing and reading I do for my blog (plus having some semblance of a social life!), I think it will be fun, and will definitely be an achievement if I make it!

I will keep the blog updated with how I’m doing as I go along. Is anyone else entering NaNoWriMo this year?

6 Responses to “National Novel Writing Month”

  1. Caroline

    Yay! I’ve signed up for this too. My post is here

    Best of luck tomorrow and I’ll be looking forward to your updates on the blog. I’ll be updating too hopefully (if my fingers aren’t bleeding from churning out over 1600 words a day – eep!) 🙂

    • Laura

      Yay! You’re doing NaNoWriMo too! We’ll both probably have bleeding fingers! I just checked out your post, and I love your reasons for doing it by the way! Good luck to you too, and I’ll keep an eye out for your updates.

  2. Carla Wynker

    He, that’s amazing! IBy the end of the month you won’t be able to use your finger anymore, lol. I’ll never do something like that because I know I’m gonna slip at some point. Discipline and me have a pretty tumultuous relation, lol. Keep us updated on your progress! I really want to know the summary of your novel. By the way, have you already decided the genre you’ll write?

    • Laura

      I’m writing a kind of sci-fi thing, which is good, but I have had to quickly research a few sciencey things to try and make it work out, which has taken a bit of time! And I haven’t signed up for NaNoWriMo until now because I’m not sure I have the discipline, but we’ll see how it works out! Hopefully I’ll make it!

  3. Gemma

    Good luck! I look forward to reading your posts on how you’re getting on 🙂 I wouldn’t worry too much about not having planned out your novel – sometimes the best ideas come from the actual writing process 🙂
    I haven’t signed up for NaNoWriMo this year even though every November for the past few years I’ve thought about doing it. I often find the beginning of the month seems to creep up on me and I never feel ready to commit to 50,000 words! I have decided to try and write 500-1000 words every day this month instead though, which hopefully I’ll be able to achieve.

    • Laura

      Thanks! So far I think not having planned it hasn’t been too much of an issue. I have kind of just made it up as I have been going along, and I don’t think it’s turned out too badly so far (although it has only been two days)!
      And good luck with your own writing goal! I definitely think 500-1000 words a day is a good thing to aim for.

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