So, here we are. Mid-November. Which means that those in the writing world are probably talking one way or another about National Novel Writing Month (well, at least it seems like all the writers I know are!) Some people love it, some people hate it, some people settle happily in the middle of “it words for me,” or “it doesn’t work for me.”
Personally I’m a fan. This year is my 9th year participating (over the period of 11 years). Hopefully it will be my 5th year “winning” — in the sense of getting to 50,000 words. Nearly all the years I’ve tried I’ve “won” in some sense, because for me NaNo is about the personal victory of making strides in my writing life.
For instance, one year where I didn’t “win” I made a new friend who is now the person I get together to talk writing with (and to write with) on a semi-regular basis.
Another year I didn’t “win” was the year I got the seeds of the idea that would turn into the novel (which I did work on another year when I did win) which I am looking forward to continuing edits in to turn into a published piece.
This year I’m ahead of the game in the writing, so the chances I’ll “win” are high (unless something crashes in my way, but I’m less that 20,000 words from the goal, so it would have to be a pretty powerful something). But more important than that, I set out this year with the goal of getting past this monster block that’s been in my way for the past year-plus. It kept me from writing, it kept me from editing, it trapped me in a not-so-awesome place. And I have smashed through that monster. I know that what I wrote for the start of the month was pretty bad — there just isn’t any sort of story there. But I kept pushing, and if I can write that many words of really terrible non-story, then I should definitely be able to write more of an actual story.
I’ve switched gears and am now working on a story that has already captured my attention more (in the first 400 words). It’s the first time in over a year that I’ve actually LIKED what I’ve written so… this year, no matter what, I’ve WON at NaNo.
I’ve been seeing some different posts out in the blog-sphere so I thought I’d share some of them with you —
Do you have a favorite NaNo blog post? What are your thoughts?