Well it’s been a bit of a hectic month, as well as doing the usual cycle of odd jobs, raising, feeding, chauffeuring, cleaning and feeding my brats. I decided to take part in National November writing month also know as Nanowrimo.
So what is this thing I hear you shout, enquire, ask, probe even. Well dear bloggers, (most of you will probably know what this is, so il keep it brief)… Nanowrimo is an annual project, allowing yourself to take on the challenge of writing a short novel to the sum of 50,000 words by the end of November.
I initially thought, hmm 50,000 words… Easy! I mean it can’t be that hard, Im sure I have a good story rattling around in my head somewhere or other. So that would be around 1700 words a day ‘pshhhh, you kidding me? Il aim to do 3000 a day, leaving me time to basque in my utter awsomeness and celebrate my victory’
Well that was the belief up until I actually started writing.. And oh my god it was hard! Firstly juggling work, kids, gym and all the other duties and errands that come with being a parent as well as finding the time to sit down and write, it just wasn’t happening.
I either didn’t have the discipline to do so, or something just came up… Family gatherings, some urgent DIY and let me say as the errands started piling up I almost gave up. See the amazing thing about Nanowrimo was the fact that every so often usually at least once a week, you would get a pep talk. A motivational push, a fresh slap of encouragement with a healthy dose of inspiration to get you through that rut, any disillusionment most importantly getting you through that week as a potential Nanowrimo winner!
Another helpful factor was the ability to have a writing buddy (just like a gym buddy .. but… yes for writers.. poor analogy i know ) as well as the availability and access to support networks via online forums, places where you can discuss any problems you may be having or just to brag about how much you’ve written and how you’re the wordsmith of a new generation the likes of which the world has never known!
So … Why? Why take part in national writing month? Why spend long laborious hours trying to write a short 50,000 worded novel? The answer… Why not, you’re a writer.. Why not use this challenge to write that novel that’s been rattling around in that wise and all knowing head of yours.
Besides this may just be the kick start you need in order to start that new novel ( saying that, nanowrimo has ended, but there’s always next year). For me personally this was exactly the challenge I needed, to get me motivated and put pen to paper ( well more fingers to keys, but you know what I mean ).
Anyhoo, as you can imagine I fell very much behind in the writing stakes. It was only until the last week of November I finally knuckled down and wrote and wrote and wrote….and…..you’ve guessed it …. Wrote!
So did I achieve the ultimate milestone? after much pain, sweat, tears and waaay too much coffee I did! I actually finished a short novel. Now I won’t say it was easy, because for me it was quite hard ( not being the best of writers in the world ) and keeping the pace and letting your words and story flow is quite difficult when you’re keeping an eye on a manic 4 year old vying for your attention every 5 minutes.
So what has it done for me? Well firstly I picked up some lovely goodies (some lovely banners and twitter backgrounds…have a quick peek at my twitter account ) and certificate from the brilliant people at nanowrimo. As well as providing a list of challenges and guidance in what i may want to do with the novel.
On a very personal note, it’s provided me with an overwhelming sense of achievement, the fact that I’ve written a short novel I mean how many people can say that ..right? And it got me out of the rut that I was in, so that’s always a good thing.
So definitely worth taking part, and if i managed to do it, honestly I think all of you definitely have it in you.
Now the next stage…what to do with this short novel…
Publish or not to publish … That is the question …
This is Mr J signing out