I have writer’s block. This isn’t a problem I would normally encounter now that I’ve graduated, however November is here and with it comes National Novel Writing Month.
Also called NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month challenges would-be novelists from around the world to throw perfection out the window and just write. And write. For 30 days, you are challenged to string words into sentences over and over. The goal is to make it to 50,000 words by 11:59:59 on November 30th. Fifty. Thousand. That’s about 175 pages total, and equals just shy of six pages per day. Not that I’m counting. What started out with 21 participants in 1999 had 3,074,068,446 words officially logged by registered users in 2011. Several of these novels are now published.
Let me start off by saying that I have no more business writing a novel in 30 days than any other person you could randomly pull off the street. I have no background in literature past 12th grade English class and I am not a free spirited kind of person. Not having time to edit will be as much of a challenge for me as the 50,000 words.
Regardless of these facts, when my friend @Woodsay1121 tweeted at me “I’m doing @NaNoWriMo! … #doitwithme” I responded – and said yes. I’ve become involved in many things I love because I wasn’t doing anything better at the time. I say yes to new experiences by nature and it’s only the next day that reality sets in and my rational mind asks me what I was thinking. Although I’m having some serious self doubt I can’t help but feel this is a fantastic way to push myself and gain something wonderful in the process.
My purpose goes farther than personal growth, however, because at the same time I received this tweet I was in dire need of something to blog about for the Unputdownable Book Club. Just so you have that straight, I’m also going to be writing about writing 50,000 words in 30 days.
So the question became – what would my novel be about? Well, actually, when I registered NaNoWriMo asked me for such pesky details as title (Working Title) and genre (other). Here is where things get tricky – and Woodsay, bless his heart, is so damn organized with outlining and character development I was immediately left in the dust. Ultimately, I have to rule out anything requiring research because there is no time for that frivolity. So write what I know, as they say, and I’ve decided to focus on character. Using people from all areas of my personal experience as inspiration, I plan to write my NaNoWriMo on one event as seen from multiple perspectives. Along the way I’ll be blogging weekly about my progress and giving you all insight to the other side of the novel. I’m not promising it will always be pretty, but I will promise that it involves coffee.
As for the rest? Well…stay tuned. I’m just as interested as you are to find out what happens.
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