I have decided to take a month-long break from my work-in-progress (WIP) and rediscover the excitement of creating an all-new story. Yes, I am going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In case you don’t know, November is NaNoWriMo.
Ten years ago, I first heard about NaNoWriMo. I was lying in bed on a Saturday morning. It was November 1st and I had just learned about NaNoWriMo the night before when I was on the internet.
“I want to do this, but it starts tomorrow. Is it too late?”
My subconscious must have convinced me to try it while I slept. Upon awakening, I reached over, grabbed a pen and tablet, and wrote a list of possible scenes for my novel. That day, I wrote my first 1600 words. I completed my novel in three weeks.
And I’ve done it almost every year since. Some years I reach the goal of fifty-thousand words by the end of November. Some years I don’t. I always have fun.
I’ve reworked some of my NaNoWriMo drafts and self-published them.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve participated and I decided to do it this year for several reasons:
- I want to rediscover the excitement of writing the rough draft of a story.
- A certain story idea has been in my mind all year and it won’t go away.
- I need to step back from my WIP and reevaluate it.
- I want to play with new characters.
- I have been rewriting and rewriting scenes and I want to just write something totally new. (This is sort of related to the first item on the list, but it’s not quite the same thing in my mind.)
I already have a title. I know generally what the story is about. I have an idea for the main character, and I’m even more excited about the antagonist. I just have to get my characters from point A to point Z.
If you think you’d be interested in writing a novel in one month (really it’s a rough draft of a novel, 1600 words a day), but haven’t done it, try NaNoWriMo. It may give you the confidence you need to realize you CAN do it.