Ever since I opened up my clothing shop around this time last year (congratulations to me for making it to a year) I’ve barely written a word. Only texts for my shop and maybe two unfinished short stories. I stopped writing for this blog because a) time and b) I felt like no one was reading blogs anymore anyways. Not much has changed since then, but I have missed blogging. And if nothing else, my blog helped me establish a consistent writing practice. Nothing has helped me write as consistently as NaNoWriMo and my blog.
So, I’m going to start again.
I have no plan. I don’t know what direction I’m going to go in. (As usual) All I know is that I want to write more. Write better. Write consistently. And maybe someday it’ll go somewhere. Or maybe it’ll be a hot mess. Who knows, it doesn’t matter.
It’s going to be an experiment, as this blog has always been. I invite you to take it with me.
I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. For those of you who’ve never heard of it, it’s a contest in which writers from all over the world challenge themselves to write a 50,000 draft of a novel in the month of November. I wanted to write something new and the timing of that coincided with NaNo, so here we are. If I’m not as active on my blog this month, that will be why.
Last year I made a video about the pros and cons of this contest. I think my conclusion was that it was a great initiative, but for me the cons outweighed the pros. It’s too focused on word count, which does not work well for me personally. I had to scrap over 26,000 words of vomit that resulted in my previous attempt and was left with only the idea of a novel. And yet I’m doing it again this year.
I’m more laid-back with my participation this time though. I’m not as obsessed with reaching the word goal. Sure, 50,000 words would be nice to have at the end of the month, but I’m more concerned about the time I’m investing in my writing. NaNoWriMo has a nifty new feature where you can input personal goals, which can also be hours instead of words.
I’ve challenged myself to work on my novel for 82 hours this month. That’s 3 hours a day, with some wiggle room. Those hours include both planning/outlining facets of my novel and the writing of the novel itself. So far I’ve been doing very well with my hour-goals. Only last weekend I didn’t put in as many hours as I liked, but otherwise I’ve reached or surpassed the 3 hours a day. I’m behind on the general word goal, but I don’t care as much as I usually do.
I’m writing a new novel. Something brimming with a lot more promise than previous things I’ve written. I’m working on it every day. It’s taking concrete shape. This is how NaNoWriMo can be immensely valuable. Bend the rules, personalise it to fit your own goals and watch the magic unfold.