No, I’m not talking about Halloween, nor the full frontal assault of Christmas adverts on the telly. I’m talking about NaNoWriMo.
For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, also shortened to just NaNo. It’s the crazy endeavour in which people across the globe attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days. Crazy, yes. Unachievable, no.
I first participated in NaNo in 2014. I had originally heard about it in 2012 but it was already halfway through November and I had a dissertation to write, so there was no way I felt that I could participate. In 2013, I just totally forgot about it.
NaNo came back on to my radar in October 2014 and I thought why not? I had a story (well, trilogy) that I had been mentally writing for a good 3 years but I didn’t want to attempt NaNo with that baby – even after 3 years it still needed a bit more planning before I committed words to screen. Instead I chose another (stand-alone) story with even less planning behind it that I wasn’t too fussed if I came out of NaNo having not written the goal of 50k words. Long story short, I fell in love with the story and the characters I NaNo-ed, reached 50k words easily and used the July 2015 Camp NaNo to finish off the story. Thinking back, November 2014 has been one of my best ever months.
You know how I said my NaNo 2014 story was supposed to be a stand-alone? Supposed. I ended up writing the sequel during NaNo 2015 as I couldn’t bear to part just yet with the characters and I realised that their stories hadn’t quite finished yet. That year I managed the 50k yet again, and then finished the novel in the July 2016 Camp NaNo. I’m rather proud of that novel, although I haven’t looked at it since July so there may be some nasty surprises when I do peek at it.
This year I’m getting to know a different cast of characters in a different genre. It won’t be that story that I had stored away in the cupboard, and to be honest is so far back in my cupboard of story ideas that it’s in Narnia, but with a different story that has been brewing in my mind for most of this year. It’s quite exciting to be doing NaNo with a different project and I can’t wait to delve into this year’s challenge.
So this means that I will be more absent from this blog than I usually am since I will be focusing my writing on my novel and reaching that 50k, but I have scheduled some posts and will probably check in here every so often. If you’re doing NaNo, feel free to add me as a buddy and if you comment below then I can almost guarantee that I’ll add you back.
Good luck my fellow writers, and may the muse be with you!
TL:DR – I’m doing NaNoWriMo and will be more absent that I usually am, although I will try to put up scheduled posts.