Thursday’s Children: NaNoWriMo

First of all I would like to thank all of the other Thursday’s Children bloggers who dropped me a line last week! You guys are great and I felt so welcomed! If you missed last week’s post, Thursday’s Children is a weekly blog hop where writers share the things that inspire them. If you haven’t already, you should check out the link a the bottom to find all the other blogs that participate – you won’t regret it.

This week myself and a whole bunch of other writers are preparing for the madness of CampNaNoWriMo. This is a spin off of the yearly NaNoWriMo event, also know as “Month where several thousand crazy people try and write a novel.” These events inspire me to write for a few reasons (not including the fact that it is ridiculous fun) and are probably the only reason I have actually managed to complete two novels from start to finish. Okay, the deadline might not be for the finished article but getting 50k of the way through a novel is a damn good incentive to keep on going.

So why would I call it ‘inspiring’? For one thing, it’s a major kick up the arse. You have a day to start and a deadline. You can faff all you like before and after but when the month starts it is GO time. Write, write, write! There is something so freeing about having an excuse to just spew your imagination onto the page and not worry about the editing or anything. The freedom to just push forward with a story while knowing there are a few thousand other people doing exactly the same thing is a fantastic feeling and results in me getting stuff done! Having said that, the anticipation helps as well. I’ve been so excited for this to start that I have been meticulously planning every aspect of my story so that come April first I will be able to jump right in and go for gold.

Then there is the competitiveness. When it isn’t a NaNo month, I find my writing is greatly interspersed with internet breaks, unnecessary snack breaks and just general faffing about. But when the crazy starts again I have a goal and the competitiveness in me just drives me to write and write and write. If you ask anyone, they would probably tell you I am the least competitive person they know. It would probably be true as well. I despise competing against other people. Absolutely detest it. Competing against myself? Now that is a different story!

Of course, the community is also a great inspiration. There are all of these other people all going through the same crazy experience as you and they are all helping each other out through it. Between writing buddies, writing sprints, idea bouncing and critique swapping there is a lot to keep you going. What’s better as a frantic, sleep deprived, barely sane writer than more frantic, sleep deprived, barely sane writers? Exactly!

That’s it from me today. As I’ve already said, NaNo has been eating all my time and that will continue for the next month so my blog may seem a little quiet until May. In the meantime, why don’t you check out these awesome blogs in the link? You know you want to.

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19 responses to “Thursday’s Children: NaNoWriMo

  1. Well, you make it sound ALMOST fun enough for me to do it. But about the most I’m up for is the occasional Twitter impromptu word sprint. I don’t meticulously plan my books because it’s just not how I write and therefore it takes me a good 6 months to write a book. I would fall behind very quickly and probably do even more internet surfing, snacking, and “taffing” lol, than I usually do. But, you go, girl! I look forward to hearing about the book you’ll have gotten well underway by the end of NaNo.

    • It is a method that is by no way shape or form for everyone I think. But for me, it works wonders. I am a planner – if I don’t know exactly what is happening the story will never, ever end. This is just an unfortunate truth about my brain, a flaw I have identified and now deal with. I have a couple of gigantic and unfinished works as testament to that. 🙂

      Also, I am so very excited about this project so I am sure everyone will hear more about it than they would care to haha!

  2. LOL, wow. I hadn’t heard of this!

    It feels like we all need a kick sometimes, beyond simply inspiration. Competition, tight deadlines, and challenge….. if that gets you going and results in an awesome piece of work, go for it!

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Good luck to you!!
    Some in my writing group are getting on the band wagon. I have handwritten WIPs still in need of time to actually type up–before a fire burns my composition books. Or another Sandy in NYC. Yes, these were the only things in my overnight bag aside from undies. seriously. I’ll root you on!! Go-go girl! 🙂

  4. I don’t do well with fast drafting. I’m more of the slow and steady type of writer. However when I listen to other writers who are involved in Nano type events talk about their daily word counts, my competitiveness kicks in and I always get more done. Good luck and have fun!

    • Thank you!

      It’s great that you get a push out of it too! I’ve found that the atmosphere of it all is very positive and great for keeping me going. As I say, fast draft isn’t for everyone and I do have to spend a lot of time revising but I find revision a lot less daunting than the blank page. It’s a good way to get past that, for me at least.

  5. I know what you mean about NaNo giving you the motivation to focus and push your writing. I’ve had good experiences with NaNo too – it can be so liberating! Best of luck with your next round.

  6. I wish I were more of a planner so I could do this effectively, but I always end up falling behind. But I know plenty of people this method works wonderfully for. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear about your results! 🙂

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