I love books. I love reading, and I don’t mind writing, especially if it’s for myself (and definitely if I’m getting paid for it!).
For a long while, I’ve been saying that I wanted to write a book that would ultimately get published. I’ve got about 3-4 non fiction ideas and a few fiction based ones as well. Some are more fully formed than others, but none are structured to the point that I feel comfortable tackling them just yet, mainly because I’ve been really busy with volunteer work and other things over the last year, so I’ve never had the time to properly dedicate to a book project to do it, what I feel, justice.
But what I’ve learned in my old age is that if you’re only going to wait for the proper moment and when all circumstances are ideal to act, you may end up sitting idle for a long, long time. Sometimes, you just have to go out there and DO IT!
So screw it. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to write a novel.
November is known as National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short), and while it originally started in the United States, it’s essentially open to anyone around the world.
The gist of it is that anyone who’s interested in participating has one month to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel by November 30. If you can accomplish that, then you “win.” To do so, you have to write on average about 1,667 words a day to hit that goal.
There’s no real prize for “winning” except the self-satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment for banging out 50,000 words in a month, hopefully in a way that make sense.
The motto is “No plot? No problem!” which, for some reason, seems to resonate with me at this stage of my life. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and prefer to edit a piece of writing to death before publishing it, so it’ll be fun to see if I can resist those impulses for 30 days and interesting to see if what comes out of it is cool or an incoherent mess.
I’ve decided to tackle one of my fiction ideas that has been percolating in my head for a while, but hasn’t been fully formed yet. I have the beginning sketched out and the ending loosely as well, but haven’t defined the circumstances or conflicts that surround the story yet. I’m currently spending the lead up to November 1 brainstorming ideas on paper just to see if anything sticks. I don’t have a title or even character names, other than generic things like “Vigilante Guy,” “Asshole” and “Best Friend.”
But I figure that if I wait until all of that is defined to the point where I’m satisfied, I’ll never get to it. So starting at midnight, I’m just going to start writing stuff and see where it leads. This thing may never get published, or it may get heavily re-edited later and may not resemble anything I ultimately pump out in the next 30 days.
And that’s okay. Because sometimes, you just have to get out there and DO SOMETHING.
If I have any writing capacity left over, I may blog about my adventures in NaNoWriMo, but for now, I make no promises. My guess is that I’ll start slow at the beginning and will start to really pump stuff out towards the last half of the month once I figure out how things fit together. We’ll see how it goes. My biggest regret is that they didn’t pick a month with 31 days in it. But I guess you can’t win them all.
Anyhoo, wish me luck!