It’s Day TWO of Nanowrimo! Are you all participating? I’m super excited, though already procrastinating (as you can see), which does not bode well for my success this year. The plan was to have this post before Nano started, so as to warn you all about my impending not-here-much-ness.
For those of you uninitiated in the ways of Nano, November is National (though it’s quite international – it’s pretty much everywhere… but Internanowrimo just sounds silly) Novel Writing Month. The goal: write 50000 words of whatever you want in 30 days. You could write the ongoing history of the teapot, the heartwarming story of a boy and his dog, a series of angst-filled poems, or perhaps a story that’s been percolating in your mind that needs a solid kick-in-the-pants to get you to get it out on paper. Whatever you want, it translates to.
It’ll be rough and tumble, raw, and probably full of grammatical errors. It will have characters you decide you don’t want halfway through, and storylines that fizzle out before they get wrapped up. You won’t like the phrasing of chapter three to five. You’ll feel the urge to re-start it and pick at it and prod until it’s prettier – resist that! The goal is a rougher than rough draft. Get the ideas down on paper, and then, once you’ve achieved a month of pouring your ideas on page… that is when you get out your big box o’ red pens and let your inner critic have at it.
Last year, I got to about 24000 words… if even. I’d just gotten Gwynn, and found all my time sucked up in the process of keeping puppy alive and happy and healthy. My story was a kind of melding of fairy-tales with a twist. There was(is) a squirrel named Errol who wears a sweater-vest. I plan to go back to it and finish it up… but not for Nano, or for now. Unfortunately, all of a sudden there are a number of tv shows and books out that all kind of have similar ideas to what I had, which, despite me not having read/watched them yet, makes me feel like I was copying their ideas.
I had been thinking that I might post my entire story as it is written on this blog. BUT, as mentioned in recent posts about puppeh, I’m a bit of a coward. And having other people read my fiction-type writing makes me nauseous in the same kind of way as the idea of standing in front of a theatre-full of friends, family and strangers and performing attempting to perform a Mariah Carrey song… and naked. My goal in the Lexy overcomes her unnatural fear of life in general game is to post some parts of the story that seem like they’d be able to stand alone during nano (because I will feel the urge to tamper before putting it out there in blog-land in its birthday suit), and possibly work up the courage to start posting chapters as I go over them and improve them from Nano-scratch.
If you are doing Nano, good luck! If you’re in the GTA, I might see you at events! Did I mention that there are social and writing-type events? I recommend going to some, they’re fun and a great way to relax or find some urge-to-write if you’re feeling procrastinate-ey. Also, my user-name is Lexy0387 – we can be nano-buddies.
There’s still time – it’s only day two, so if you aren’t participating, you can still sign up and get started!