Yes, it is that time of the year. The National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo 2017) is right around the corner and I decided to torture myself and participate in this month-long nightmare where you have to keep on writing. Friends, family, your job, none of it is important anymore. All that matters is your story and getting your daily word count done.
Okay, kidding. It’s not that bad. At least, not in the beginning. Because that’s when your story is still new and exciting. You are still getting to know your characters and you will slowly fall in love with them. Then, about halfway through the month, everything changes. Suddenly, you hate everything about your story. It doesn’t seem like the story is going anywhere and nothing makes sense. It’s like suddenly realising that you have spent years of your life in a bad relationship and you want out. Now.
So, that’s what I’ll be doing this November. I’m still not sure what I’m going to write about which is bad because NaNoWriMo starts in less than a week. (I do have two different story-ideas that I am very excited about. I just don’t know which one to pick.)
A brief history of my experience with NaNoWriMo: I first heard about NaNoWriMo in the last week of November in 2011. When it was way too late to even think about participating. I thought it was awesome, though. In 2012, about a week before NaNoWriMo would start, I started to panic. Because I still hadn’t come up with something I could write about. I think I came up with an idea somewhere around the 29th of October. And that’s what I’ve been doing every year since. I start writing a story without any sort of plan. And it has worked for me. I participated six times and won three of those six times.
This year is the seventh time I’m participating in NaNoWriMo and I have decided to do things differently. This year, I actually planned out a novel. Well, two novels, but I’m only going to write the one. I probably won’t decide which one I’m going to write until the first of November (I can’t let the tradition of not knowing what I’m going to write go completely), but I have a solid plan for both novels, with character sheets and an outline for every chapter. Go me.