I registered on Nanowrimo in 2008 immediately after hearing about it. I totally loved the idea of pushing myself to write 50,000 words in 30 days! Yes well, grand ideas I had. I never did attempt to join and as each November comes, I always get conflicted and stress myself out. Join or not? What to write about? Do I have time?
Well as I said, numerous excuses piled up. I had other hobbies, I had a date, I had a photography thing, a family thing, or I need to catch up on sleep.
In the meantime, I consistently daydream about worlds I visited through books, I day dreamed about new worlds, new characters and these stories were begging to be put on paper.
Come 2011, I got married. And in 2012, I became a mother. Time? What’s that?!
But last year, November 2012 I really wanted to jump in and write. But I wasn’t ready. I sat in front of my computer on 1 November and BAM! only just realised it was Nanowrimo. So, no notes, no plot outlines, no characters details, no title, no nothing. So I told myself, next year!
So here we are, November 2013. Gung ho, I started planning what to write by 20 October. By 25 October I had a title, a map, some scenes, the whole plot outline in bullet points, some names and I felt ready. 1 November arrived and I started writing.
However, words came slow, even without distractions, well rested, well fed, well hydrated… the words just won’t come.
Continued my reads for writing tips, how to get rid of writer’s block, how to start stories, and finally someone gave me advice on how to keep writing. That I have to be interested in the story! Unfortunately, my inspiration came from a new spark, and it wasn’t quite baked. I couldn’t get the words out because I was bored with the story and I wasn’t interested in the subject enough.
5 days into Nanowrimo, I changed my story to a recurring daydream I’ve had over the years, inspired by the stories of Anne MacCaffrey of her Pern series. A girl was attending a Hatching and accidentally bonded to a baby dragon. (Sound familiar? Yes, I’m definitely living vicariously through this one, wishing it’d happen to me one day! ) Words are definitely coming faster now, I’m just fighting with time. (Sigh!)
What I learnt from all this? I remembered an advice I got from a photography class – preparations is 70% of the work and actual photography is only 10% and the rest is post editing. With writing however, preparations is about 30% and the rest is keeping yourself interested and keep being interested to write. If you love your story, it will show to your readers too.
Please wish me luck for the rest of November! I hope I make it to 50 000 words!