I’ve always loved to write. As a kid I read tons of books and made my own versions of them. For three years now I have participated in NaNoWriMo, which is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is simple: write 50,000 words in november.
It’s a challenge I’ll tell you that. Each year it’s a struggle for me to keep going. The first week is allright, the second week is absolute hell. After that I’m okay again. The hardest part of it though is when your creativity is low, you’re basically typing nonsense and you have to keep going. Sometimes it feels like you are ruining your story. Sometimes it feels like you are breaking the necks of your favorite characters, the ones you spend so much time thinking about.
The best part of it though is when you finish. Oh the rush! You finally got that story down on paper, you wrote some shitty stuff, but you also wrote some really cool parts. And a story is never finished after just the first draft. Now you are getting to re-reading it, and maybe editing it. I’ve found that re-reading is fantastic. You get to relive this crazy month, you get to see all the good parts you wrote and get to work on the parts that aren’t as good.
The most important part of NaNoWriMo is that the story is finally written down. It’s been caged inside your head, for probably far too long. I usually spend about 6 months thinking of an idea, developing the story in my head before I get to write it down in november. The story is my creative child in a way. And finally seeing it out in the open is really a great feeling. It also feel great to be able to say you wrote a novel. (Come on, try it!)
The NaNoWriMo offers a great website and community with everything you need to keep writing and to have fun while you are doing it. There’s the Write-a-thons and the write-ins organised by various chapters all over the world. There’s the forum where you can talk about your issues getting your story together or where you can adopt someone else’s idea into your own story. The thrill of meeting so many people who are just as into writing as you are, is incredible.
I highly recommend you try NaNoWriMo once. It’s a great experience.
Until next time,