It’s that time of year when a young writer’s fancy turns to #NaNoWriMo…to be honest, a lot of veteran writers are starting to think about National Novel Writing Month too. There’s something about trying to write 50,000 words in a month that appeals to lots of people. It’s something that I thought sounded ‘fun’ the first time I heard about, but given how stressful April A2Z is, it’s not something that I’m going to be doing any time soon, I think.
There’s another Sean Bean meme that we can put in here too:
Everyone writes in a different way. Some people say that you have to write everyday, others that it’s a good idea too; others splurge at the weekends when they have the time. Some people write straight on to the computer, others write out a first draft longhand. Some people plot, others pants. Still, however you write, one doesn’t simply write 50,000 words. 1,667/day takes some thought, takes some level of planning, requires some preparation.
So are you #NaNoWriMo ready?
Still, there is a flip side.
For the unsuppored writer, NaNoWriMo can be emotional dynamite. Whilst no less serious about their writing than others in the community, the message they receive from their nearest and dearest is their writing must not intrude on responsibilities and personal relationships. Their work will remain unread, there will be no offers of practical assistance to allow them writing time, there may even be eye-rolling, or worse. Watching others in the writing community being able to attempt this challenge can force them to face the reality of their situation.
People get caught up with #NaNoWriMo. There is talk of winning, and if you can win, then by extension you can fail, and if you can fail, then there’s a good chance you’re going to feel like a failure – which you really, really shouldn’t. Writing is hard enough at the best of times, and it is all too easy for life to intervene. In some circles, Kipling’s not very popular at the moment, because he’s seen as jingoistic and racist, but this line from ‘If’ sums it up:
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same…”
If you can get some words down on paper, you’ve won, whether that’s during NaNoWriMo or at any other time.
But, be prepared for the fact that there are a lot more steps to come.
© 2018, David Jesson & Debs