Well as you can guess by the title, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I’ve been Facebooking and Tweeting about it for a few days now, and feel my time there deserves a blog entry.
For those who are unsure what NaNoWriMo is, it is a writing program where participants aim to write 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days. It takes place in November, with optional editing periods during January or February. If you’ve been wanting to write a novel but have found it difficult to stay motivated, this is a good way to start. You can buddy up with people who can encourage you and cheer you on, or act as an audience.
NaNoWriMo itself is a non profit organisation and website that runs almost solely on donations from participants and its website helps keep together this world-wide operation to get people writing during November. Everyone has at least one novel in them, I believe. If you want to find out more, go to http://nanowrimo.org/
I first heard about it through my friend, who also put me onto Archive of Our Own, who told me it was a lot of fun. I was a bit sceptical at first, just because I wanted to build a short story portfolio at the time. Then during October, I decided to be a little bit more selfish. I’ve had this Dormant Queen novel brewing and developing since 2013/2014, and I felt that the plot and characters were relevant to me now. And I’ve been writing nothing but short stories, flash fictions and poems for the past two years, as I didn’t feel like I could finish a full novel. Now I feel like I should give it a try.
Although I also want to put out a Harry Potter spoof serial of five parts on the website, in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them coming out on the 17th. I may have taken on waaay too much. All my motivation is going to my novel.
NaNoWriMo is really working for me. I’ve already written the 6th chapter of The Dormant Queen, and working through Chapter 7 tomorrow. When I first started, I hadn’t actually thought that I could possibly get as far as the middle of the novel as I find it so difficult to finish things. Although it might seem modest so far, especially considering that I’ve started on the 25th October as opposed to the first, I’m so proud of my progress I can’t contain it! It’ll be amazing to have a completed novel, even if it is a very very rough draft.
I had to get it all out! I’m so happy!
Happy writing everyone!