In an exciting but somewhat challenging turn of events, I’ve decided that this year I’m going to take part in NaNoWriMo!
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. I came across it last year but it was too late to fully join in, so this year I’m taking up the challenge instead. For those of you who don’t know, the aim of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in 30 days. Your novel is considered completed at 50,000 words.
Throughout the whole of November, you write each day to have a completed story by the end of the month. It takes place across the world and is a challenge many writers gear up for a whole year in advance. I am not one of those people, in case anyone was wondering. Anyway, sounds like fun, right?
Well, yes. But I’m under no illusions about how tricky this will be as well. I’m going to need to rely heavily on my planning skills and make sure I’ve got daily motivation to write. It’s going to be hard, but hopefully not impossible!
What to write for NaNoWriMo
The novel I’ve decided to work on (because I haven’t really prepared anything else) is going to be the fully formed version of The Attic. I know I first started to write this story a few months ago, but honestly, I’ve not made it past that first basic chapter. I think what came out of me during the writing of that story surprised me so much that I haven’t known quite how to carry it on yet.
However, it got a really positive response on Twitter and so I’ve decided to try and use this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge to actually see it through to completion. It’s the piece of writing that’s given me the most scope for continuation and challenge, so it makes sense to be the one I use for NaNoWriMo.
I’m quite excited to get started but I’m also nervous, as I’ve no real idea how the story will pan out yet. All I know is that from tomorrow I’ll be committing myself to write at least 500 words a day. At least.
Ways to get involved with NaNoWriMo
If you’re not following my Instagram yet then I’d suggest you do now, because I’m going to create a NaNoWriMo video diary on there that you can follow along with if you’d like to be more involved in my writing process. I say that as if I even know what my writing process is yet.
You can also check out the NaNoWriMo website for more information if you fancy giving it a go yourself or even just downloading some resources to help you get started.
Anyway, wish me luck and if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo too, drop your comments below and we can try and keep each other on track this November.
Update: I won! Check out how I got on at the end of November in this post…