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October 20, 2011

NaNoWriMo

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 11:27 am
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I’ve decided to write a novel again this year for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

The idea is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I tried last year and got bored with my story after about 10,000 words. I’ve picked a story I’m hoping will be more interesting this year. We’ll see if that works out for me.

This year, I’m also planning on going to events in Tucson with other people participating in NaNoWriMo. I didn’t do that last year and I think it contributed to my severe lack of motivation after the first few days. (In retrospect, I must have been writing for about a week before I gave up. It seems like it was only a few days, but apparently I did 10,000 words, which means it must have taken me a little over a week…)

So yes. Events in Tucson. This could mean I’ll have a very busy life during the month of November and my dog will never see me and she’ll get lonely. Fortunately, she gets to play with my parents’ dog again, so I think she’ll live.

The funny thing about writing 50,000 words is that honestly, if I sat down and focused, it wouldn’t take all that long. Actually, if I procrastinated until Thanksgiving (which is the longest stretch of time in the whole year that my center is closed so I don’t have to work) I could do it in those 5 days.

See, I’ve already written 240 words, and it only took a few minutes. My longer blog posts where I actually tell stories and have a point are over 1,000 words. I used to be able to research and write a 5-page paper in an hour when I finished high school.

Writing’s not hard for me. Having something to say is. I often want to write something, but then realize that either I do’t have anything to talk about, or no one will care about what I have to say.

But that’s the beauty of the internet (and especially free blogging platforms like WordPress) – no one has to care. If people do, great, and if they don’t, no harm done.

That’s also the beauty of NaNoWriMo – I’m not writing a novel with a deadline because I’m getting published. It doesn’t have to be good. I can write pages and pages full of plot holes and bad grammar* because no one will see it. It’s just a chance to feel like I’ve accomplished something. (Unless I decide I’ve written the next Great American Novel and want to get it published. Then I can have a chance to feel like I’m a horrible writer and will never accomplish anything once I start getting rejection letters.)

So that’s why I’m doing this. I like writing, and I have a plot in mind. I also have a highly annoying princess for my main character, and I have the freedom to kill her off after the first half of the book if I get sick of her!

*Note: My novel may be full of plot holes, but it will not have bad grammar. I’d actually make a better copy-editor than a writer.

See? 524 words already. This will be easy.

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7 Comments

  1. I’ve considered participating in NaNoWriMo, but I think it’s probably best that I don’t. I enjoy writing, but I don’t enjoy making up stories, as Adina would be happy to verify. So I’ll stick with non-fiction.

    Comment by Matthew Fitzsimmons — October 20, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    • I do enjoy making up stories, I just have to start with a really good idea for me to stick with it for any length of time. I write in scenes though, so a novel is going to be difficult for me because of a lack of focus.

      Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — October 20, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

  2. doing nano for first time this year – have story comlete in my head from start to finish – have jotted down odd notes – itching to start – all the best with yours

    Comment by alberta ross — October 21, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  3. A suggestion: Apple’s iBookstore competes with the Kindle bookstore in selling eBooks. It allows you to put books you have written up for sale. This is different from iTunes, where music has to come through a recognized publishing house. Apple’s Pages program (part of iWork) makes it seamless, allowing saves to iBook format and direct uploads to the iBookstore.

    So if you’re going to go to the work of writing 50,000 words, why not put it up for sale
    anyway?

    Disclaimer: while I have considered this route as a medium to publish my cookbook and investing strategy papers, I have not researched it thoroughly and the above may be nonsense. But I doubt it.

    Comment by RyderDA — October 21, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    • No, you’re right. Amazon makes it pretty easy to self-publish for Kindle as well. I’ll have to see how my writing turns out before I consider allowing other people to read it.

      Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — October 21, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  4. It’s really easy to self-publish for Kindle and nook, but not so much for iBooks. iBooks requires an ISBN last I checked.

    Comment by Matthew Fitzsimmons — October 21, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  5. You go through an aggregator like Lulu and they give you an ISBN

    Comment by RyderDA — October 23, 2011 @ 9:28 am


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