Tuesday, October 12, 2010
NaNoWriMo: Just Do It, Kathan
A blogger friend of mine, Kathan, is trying to convince herself to participate in NaNoWriMO, National Novel Writing Month. I wrote the following paragraphs to Kathan in a comment on her blog in hopes of encouraging her to go for it.
"I just came from posting a NaNoWriMo gadget on my blog. I need to commit to the task. With the proper motivation, I'm off and running. I took the challenge last year and it worked for me.
I find joy in just writing what comes to mind without any preparation. I find my imagination works rather well when I don’t censor myself. Last year, I wrote approximately 1,666 words per day which is 50,000 divided by 30 days. On weekdays, even after working 8 hours, I didn’t have any trouble reaching my daily word goal. On weekends, I would usually go over my daily quota. We were going away for a few days at Thanksgiving, so I worked extra hard so I’d reach 50,000 before we left.
I really don’t care what I write. It doesn’t matter. I don’t have to share my writing with anybody. I can write a dozen or more chapters that are totally unrelated to each other if I want and still call it a novel. To me, NaNoWriMo is just a good excuse to write with abandon.
I’ll probably just sit down on November 1st and let my mind go. My novel may begin with my main character leaving a note for her husband telling him that she wants to live her childhood dream of being a truck driver. She’ll take her Chevy Avalanche and just go.
I’m not giving it any more thought than that. I’m planning to have fun throughout the month of November going places and meeting people I don’t even know about yet.
Call me crazy or follow my example. Since at least part of you is interested, I say go for it. If you write 100 words and stop, you haven’t failed. You’ve written 100 words. If you write for one week and stop, you haven’t failed. You’ve written for 7 days and that’s something to feel good about.
Don’t put any pressure on yourself and I bet you’ll have some fun."
(Interested persons can go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/ for all the details).