One of the most difficult things I have learned in this my first shot at the Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo from here on out) is the most annoying problem I have. It is one most able to totally halt any progress when attempting this project and one I have to reign in the most: Keeping it Simple.
I am working this week on a bit of planning. When I started it was just going to be some light plotting and thinking up the major characters that are going to populate this story I’m writing. Then I actually started. I basically had to slap myself on the wrist a few times and pull myself back from the brink. My major problem is that I just enjoy building worlds too much. I like thinking of every little thing from the all-encompassing: how the world functions and operates, to the more mundane: how the people who live in the town I start my story off in function.
So, I have basically printed in sharpie all over my now trimmed down notes, “Keep It Simple!!” I’m not GRR Martin or JRR Tolkien and I shouldn’t try to be. I should try to write what I like but also keep it very simple on this my first time out of the gates.
Oh yes, this is happening. So, I know I was mostly using this for book reviews, but I decided to expand out into all areas of my bookish life. So here is my announcement that I am participating in the National Novel Writing Month 2014! I am pretty excited and yet terrified. This will be my first year participating in this insane project and I am not very confident in my ability to write the full 50,000 words.
For those who don’t know this is what the National Novel Writing Month (from here on out NaNoWriMo) is all about straight from the website:
“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”
I so far have an idea, a main character, and a rough (very rough) plot idea. My plan is to take the next few weeks and organize my self. I’m both nervous and excited, and will probably use this space in November to update on my progress and any hurdles I’ve encountered (which I imagine will be numerous).
crazy creative? Come join!
NaNoWriMo website: http://nanowrimo.org/