I needed a pep talk on the NaNoWriMo website tonight, because I have never written thousands of words down towards a novel without revising each paragraph for weeks at a time. I am not used to word vomit. But I am doing that with NaNoWriMo because the motto there is to ‘just write’ and that’s what I am doing and I am finding that my story is unemotional and non-descriptive and generally trashy I have to say. But, fellow Nanos told me, it’s meant to be like that initially, you’re just piecing things together, it’s not meant to be perfect first hand. It’s supposed to be a little more than planning stage, it’s still part of the planning, and it doesn’t start to look like the story until draft two or three or four.
So this got me thinking. I started to think that you know what? If they are right and professionals do write like this on a consistent basis then a novel is like Frankenstein’s monster. You get an arm, a leg, a hand, etc. and you sew it all together and then with each new draft you make after NaNoWriMo you are trying to find the secrets to life, eventually you will get to the grand finale, you will get that lightning bolt of life you need for your monster, the story and he shall come alive! I hope my monster comes alive by the end of this anyway!
Good Luck to all who are doing NaNoWriMo this year!
NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, this is going to be my first proper attempt at NaNoWriMo this year. I have researched this a lot and I have been preparing for it a lot in the last three weeks, so I am more than raring to go!
I have a whole novel mapped out and planned to precision, so hopefully there shouldn’t be too many blocked moments.
The aim of NaNoWriMo is that from the 1st of November to the end of November (the 30th) you aim to write 50,000 towards your first draft – it encourages you to actually complete your work. You will receive lots of help and make lots of new friends that help encourage your on you way to completing your 50,000 words. The concept is that this is how a successful best-selling working writer lives, they accomplish on an average around 50,000 words of something a month. It’s to get you realising what life as a best-selling author is going to be like, if you wish to be someone as prolific as say Stephen King. Now to accomplish 50,000 words in just one month, you will need to write 1,670 words per day. Stephen King claims he doesn’t leave his writing den before he has finished writing six pages in any one day – that equates to about the same length we’re expected to write at NaNoWriMo and I must also say, his minimum is just six pages, it’s not what he does every day, he admits sometimes he writes more, but six pages is his daily goal.
Now for someone who is new to the idea of becoming a writer, or for someone who struggles putting pen to paper and is intimidated by that fearsome blank page, this idea can be very daunting – but hang in there! NaNoWriMo members are there to talk you through it, give you tips on how to survive this and what’s more, it will help make you feel like you’ve achieved something. Your first draft isn’t meant to be perfect, some authors have to redraft their work twenty times before it’s prime enough for publication – don’t be too hard on yourself, or your first draft or baby you won’t survive.
Simple tip for getting 50,000 words at NaNoWriMo, just write, forget editing, just write – it’s your first draft, it’s not meant to be perfect!
I fully intend to do NaNoWriMo next month; I have a novel fully planned for the occasion. Whether or not the actual novel will be completed by the end of the month remains to be seen, but I hope that at least half of the story would be done by the end of it.
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I have about a week to learn about NaNoWriMo before it kicks off, I assume it’s still going? I’ve never took on a NaNoWriMo challenge before and I am not sure I’ll do much when I eventually start it, but it’s good to try, isn’t it?
I don’t have anything planned specifically for the challenge yet, I am unsure if the idea is to continue working on any ideas you’ve been working on for ages anyways or not – but I think for this challenge it should be something completely new, OK, yes I agree it sounds like I am yet again procrastinating away from the other stories I’ve already started, but you know me one million great ideas and zero focus.