When I saw Fictional Living‘s post about joining NaNoWriMo, I decided that I too could do it. I might be wrong, as I’ve always had trouble getting to the end of writing a novel, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try.
I graduated with a 2:1 in English and Creative Writing, so I guess I should have something to show for it – right?
For a while, I’ve had this book called ‘Ready, Set, Novel!’, which is actually written by some of the people behind National Novel Writing Month. There are five chapters which should help you to plan out a novel. I couldn’t decide when to use it, as I had already started writing my final project at university by the time I’d gotten the book. When I finally signed up to NaNoWriMo last night, it clicked. This is my opportunity to use all the tools that I can and work to complete a novel. I even have an idea already!
I have to say, I’m pretty relieved that Blogtober will be over before this task begins. (Don’t worry, I’ll still be blogging, just probably not every single day….but you never know!). The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days, i.e. 1,666 words a day. While it doesn’t sound like a lot, my stressed out student self would have vehemently disagreed with you 6 months ago. Nevertheless, I’m going to try and I’m hopefully going to succeed. I mean, if I can complete Blogtober (and I’m almost half way through!), why can’t I do this too?
This is also going to help me get back in touch with my creative side. Bar a few bits of copy at work, I’ve not written anything creative since I finished university. Part of the reason I decided to start blogging was to fill that void, but there are some very clear differences between this and writing an actual book.
So in my lunch break today, I got started with the book. It’s really easy to get stuck in (I found my break went way too quickly!) and a great way to ‘get the juices flowing’. I’ve been feeling pretty poorly today (hence the strepsils!) and to immerse myself in the book was a great way to distract from it. I’m really excited to get into it and have a decent plan so that I can smash my way through NaNoWriMo. My favourite thing about the book so far is that there is a whole load of pages at the end with different writing tasks, like ‘Have your character win a huge prize out of the blue. How does she react when she gets the news?’ or ‘People rarely get sick in novels. Have your protagonist come down with something’. Obviously, these things may not end up in your finished novel, but they’re a great way to build character and work out exactly who they are. The more fleshed out the characters are, the better they come across in the novel itself.
With the company of strepsils, chocolate and my writer’s workbook, I think this evening is going to help me make progress with my novel. Here’s hoping I can stick to it throughout November.
If you’re also taking part, my username on the site is lillysrf. Let’s buddy up and support each other through what is definitely a big challenge!