Hi you Bright and Colorful people! November is fast approaching and that means that National Novel Writing Month is almost here!! This is the first time I've ever heard of this type of holiday. The only thing I thought November was awesome for was that you had Thanksgiving, was able to eat a bunch of food, and Christmas was just around the corner! Now, I find out that November also houses the month of writing novels?! What!
Since I just found out about this amazing awesomeness, I also just found out about an amazing challenge for this month! Basically, I'm going to be writing a full novel during the month of November! I will let the nonprofit, NaNoWriMo explain further of what exactly it entails:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
For some of you, you may be thinking of this as a punishment and that you would burn for a thousand deaths before ever participating in such a challenge. I get it. You don't like writing. Totally fine. As someone who loves to write - hence the blog - I am curious as to see if the 50,000 word mark is too small. I am going to stick with the goal that they gave us, since this is my first time participating in this challenge, but I'm interested to see how I will handle it.
How Are You Prepping for NaNoWriMo?
This is going to be my first time ever trying to write a novel during this short of a time span. I did write a short story that was only 5-10,000 words - it was a pretty horrible story; it won't be included in my writing section, although I may write a blog post about it sometime. Anyways, I wrote the story with no plan or outline or anything. I just wrote it as it came to me.
When I started getting involved with NaNoWriMo, the question of whether I was a Planster - someone who plans out their entire novel, researches, dives deep into everything - or if I was a Panster - someone who just flies by the seat of their pants and makes up the novel as they go along - came up. I always thought that I was more of a Panster, that I needed to just wing it and that is how my best writing came out.
Then I found Kristen of She's Novel. I found her on Pinterest and started reading some of her articles and immediately got a business girl crush. She is amazing! Reading her articles were exactly what I was looking for to help improve my writing skills. Then she introduced me to her pre-write project product. Since I was still unsure as to whether or not I was a Planster or a Panster, I wanted to figure out what exactly was entailed in pre-planning for writing. So I purchased this. Have I used the word amazing yet?
I don't want to give too much away about what I'm writing, but working through the Pre-Write Project, I've been so excited about this new story! I can't wait for November to get everything started. Working on clearing my schedule and making sure that I have outlined my novel and gotten all of my research for the novel done, I seriously have to hold myself back from starting to write already. I am really nervous, yet excited for November to start. I am hoping to use writing every day as a reward for finishing the homework/reading that I needed to complete that day. This way I can keep up with school and writing my novel.
To complete this challenge, I need at least 1,667 words a day to get to 50,000. I am not sure if this is going to work for me, as I feel motivated to write much more than that, but for now, I am going to keep the goal at 50,000 and see how it works out. This is my first year participating and I'm pumped to see how the community brings it alive for us. If anyone wants to participate in the challenge and wants to be writing buddies, add me on the NaNoWriMo website! My username is brightcolorshappythings.