(Author’s Note: It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and that means…BA-DA-DUM!!! Another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post! Be sure to check out other bloggers in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, either through Alex Cavanaugh’s blog, or by using the #ISWG or #Insecure Writers Support Group search tag to find other bloggers blogging on the same topic.
I’d also like to take this moment to wish Insecure Writer’s Support Group a happy 2nd birthday. Many thanks again to Alex J. Cavanaugh for this brainchild, and for keeping this group going and thriving over the past two years. I’m very pleased to be a part of it.
Now, without further fuss and muss, here’s my contribution to this month’s IWSG.)
In less than two month’s time, NaNoWriMo will be here. Ah, yes, that 30-day mad dash towards a 50,000 word manuscript. 30 days x 1,667 words – 50,000 words. For the unititated, it may seem daunting, but with the right motivation, and the right support – look around you, there are lots of bloggers who are former NaNoWriMo participants – achieving that goal towards 50,000 is not just doable, but it can be exhilarating. Fun, even.
For some people, taking part in NaNoWriMo can be an eleventh-hour, spur of the moment decision, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Those are the pantsers – I’ve considered myself one – who prefer to just sit down and let the magic happen come November 1st. And for a lot of pantsers, the magic happens. For others, there’s some planning involved. Outlining, sketching, getting to know your characters, knowing their backstory. Maybe even some exercise. Stocking up on energy snacks and coffee, or scouting the right location for some quiet writing time; the Starbucks near my house was my NaNoWriMo home away from home, and I single-handedly kept them in business for an entire month.
My advice to you is that if you’re going to take part in NaNoWriMo, your best bet is to start planning now. Sure, October is likely the best time, if you’re deciding to throw in your hat for the NaNoWriMo dash, to begin your training for this event, but why not start even earlier? Of course, the point of NaNoWriMo is that this should all be fun, but if you’re going to make a novel of this, then give this the seriousness it’s due.
It’s what I’m doing right now. I mentioned a few blogs ago about a bat-shit crazy idea for a novel that came to me during the middle of some (good) stressful times. I’m getting to know my work-in-progress more and more every day, piece by piece, and even though I’m going to be in the midst of some life-changing events, I want to make a lot of progress as far as this BSC (Bat-Shit Crazy) idea is concerned. So I’m plotting it, writing some of it out, learning more about my characters, and flexing my muscles. Because come November 1st, the first draft is going to get written, no matter what.
Insecurity, life, and NaNoWriMo be damned.