What is NaNoWriMo?:
If you’re asking this question, I’m going to assume you’ve been living under a rock. Every November, people from across the world attempt to write 50,000 words. Those 50,000 words can be a short novel, part of a larger project, a new project or an ongoing project. Loads of popular novels have been born during NaNoWriMo. If that doesn’t inspire you to participate, I don’t know what will.
How do I join?:
Of course, you’re sold on the idea of NaNoWriMo. Who wouldn’t be? It’s a brilliant way of forcing yourself to be productive and encouraging you to finally put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). You can participate in NaNoWriMo without signing up to their website, but I highly recommend that being the first step to take. Not only does it make it easier to monitor your word count and see if you’re still on track to finish on time, but you can meet other people near you who are participating.
One of the weirdest things about this year was needing to add Hertfordshire as my region. HOWEVER, I’m keeping Wiltshire as my home region. You might think that’s cheating, but the Wiltshire group have been my companions throughout my last five NaNos, and I don’t want to abandon them. Also, I’m going home for a weekend and a week in November, so it’s not like I won’t be writing there at all!
Why are you doing this to yourself?:
Honestly, I wish you hadn’t asked me that question. (Or that I hadn’t asked me that question, because I’m pretending to be you. See? #creativewriting).
I’m not sure why I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. I think it’s because I’m STUBBORN AS HELL. The last two years, I’ve basically had a full-time job and I’ve managed to complete NaNoWriMo. Surely, being at university – a place where I literally have no choice but to be productive – can only make me NaNo even faster?
That’s probably not going to be the case. I have a draft essay due in a couple of weeks, along with an assessed presentation AND an assessed discussion group on Monday. Gulp. Along with all of the required reading AND the blogging, I’m not going to have a spare second to eat, sleep or shower. It’s going to be a smelly, exhausting month, but I’m determined to do it.
Okay… So what are you going to write about?:
I have no idea.
Every year, I start NaNoWriMo with no clue at all about what I’m going to produce. I’ve written the first book in a zombie series (which I never revisited), an adult thriller, a collection of short stories and poetry, a lesbian YA contemporary and a multiple POV YA contemporary. I read a wide range of genres and I write a wide range of genres, and I don’t know what’s going to take my fancy this year.
Hopefully, I’ll open a blank word document tomorrow and just know what I’m going to write about. That’s what’s been happening throughout most of my creative writing assignments. I’ve got a couple of ideas floating around in my head, but I don’t want to get too excited about one now just in case I’m not feeling it tomorrow.
The only problem is that I’m probably going to be AWOL from the blog again. I’d just gotten better at posting daily, and now I’m going to run off for a month! But I’ll try to pop in every so often to update you on how NaNoWriMo is going, and I’ll keep up with my UniDiary entries. (I say that now. In a week, I’ll be tearing my hair out and will have completely forgotten this blog even exists. Whoops.)
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, good luck! If you aren’t, reconsider! I guarantee you’ll have so much fun. You’ll also make lots of friends who’ll encourage you throughout your writing journey. Nothing can be a bigger incentive than that. (Oh, you also get a cool banner and button when you win. But that’s definitely not why I’m participating. Noooooooo. Don’t be silly.).