Diary of a NaNoWriMo writer: Part 1

Here it is.

At this point, I’ve been tossing my story idea around in my head for over a month. Trying to decide character names, what my characters will look like and what their histories are. Where will my story take place?

You may be asking what is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which happens every year in November. It’s first year happen in 1999 with only twenty-one people. Since then thousands of people have joined in the writing. What is the point of NaNoWriMo? It was originally held in July, and then moved to November to make use of the cold weather keeping writers inside. November is actually one of the busiest months of the year. The holiday season is starting. This typically means for many that hours at work are picking up, family is coming to visit, and friends are throwing holiday parties. To make it to the end, writers have to focus and make time to write. Without doing that, chances of finishing aren’t high.

If you’ve never tried to write a 50,000 word novel in a 30 day period, you should try at some point. It’s hard to describe the euphoria of starting. The excitement of a brand new story and the futures you can write out just from the ideas inside of your head. You also have the stress when you realize your stories aren’t going how you’d imagined. In 30 days, there isn’t enough time to go back. You have to keep going forward into new waters. When you make it to the end, you have 50,000 words.

There’s the pride no one who’s tried this feat can understand. You’re story isn’t finished, in fact it’s just begun. You have to bring it to a close, preferably at 80,000 words, and then this is when you start editing. All your hard work is only a zero draft, merely the beginning of your journey with these characters.

So here we are.

I’m up late plotting. The more I can try to plan where my story will go before I start, the better chance I have at success later down the road. No actual words can be written until midnight on the first. I’m sure no one would know if that rule is broken, but there’s so much pride in getting it done the right way. With working a full-time job, and being a full-time cosplayer, it’s hard to find time to write a novel. I carry my laptop and charger everywhere. Any time inspiration hits, I write. Even if I only have a five minute break, every minute is precious. Currently, all I have for my novel is main character names (which will probably change due to the fact I’m indecisive), the descriptions of what I’m characters will look like, and a synopsis. The next two days will be spent plotting as much as possible when I’m not sewing or running. Stay tuned for part two, which I’ll write further into this month!

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