Have you started thinking about your project for National Novel Writing Month?
(If you don’t know what I am talking about you should check out the NaNoWriMo Website.)
50,000 words in 30 days can be daunting… especially if you have no clue what you are going to be writing about. Now is the time to really start focusing in on a vague idea of where you want to start. It is perfectly okay to let the story go wherever it wants to go. In fact I find that to be the way with the most fun.
I have begun to develop two characters and a general idea of where I want to start. I tend to start most of my writing with a character.
You can start with a situation, a character, a setting, or even a simple object. You can take a writing prompt and see how far you can take it.
The key is to find that starting point so you are ready to go November 1st.
You are 2/3 of the way there!!!!
We are in the home stretch.
Okay… so what does that really mean?
That really means that you should have 33,333 words.
So what if I don’t?
Don’t be scared. If you do 5,000 words everyday for the next ten days… you can still reach the goal!
Have I lost my mind?
Perhaps. But I want everyone to keep pushing forward. I freely admit that I had to tap out on the novel thing this month. Why? Well… life happened. As much as we don’t want it to during times like this… it snuck up on me.
All is not lost!
I have been writing. Just not a novel. I have been writing poetry. Crafting short stories that I have had in the works.
My plan is to publish the stuff I have done as a testament to those who couldn’t quite do the whole novel thing.
My prompts encourage you to write other forms if novels aren’t for you. Poets could have 30 poems by the end of this month. Depending on their length… that could be a chap book.
MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF!!!!
Reach your writing goal this month.
My track coach said you don’t slow up until the finish line is behind you.
So I clocked in 53,952 words and finished at 4pm today.
The big thing for me is that I set a goal and I saw it through. I am so motivated right now to keep writing. I am thinking of another goal to set. I mean, I know I can do it now so I should keep at it.
Isn’t that how it works?
I know there is now editing and then doing my own layout work… I am my own worst customer… but let me celebrate this moment right now.
There doesn’t have to be a worldwide movement for you to challenge yourself. You don’t have to write a novel.
Set a goal.
Give yourself a time frame.
Work hard to meet it.
And most of all… remember to surprise yourself!!!
Write in a form you typically do not write in. Step out of your comfort zone. If you write long epic poems, pen your thoughts in a haiku. If you write fiction, write a short memoir piece. If you write non-fiction, exercise your imagination in a short story.
Need a topic: pigs flying
(This topic in honor of the fact that I may actually finish a novella during nanowrimo!)
Write a reaction piece to the following quote:
“There are people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.” -Josh Billings
Incorporate these words into a poem, story, or feature them in an essay:
Sorry for the late post! Happy Writing!
These prompts are designed to be used for either poetry, essay, or short fiction writing (unless otherwise specified in the prompt).
Not everybody writes novels. However you still should take advantage of this month to really exercise your creativity.
Write about how writing makes you feel. Think mentally, physically, and emotionally. Be as descriptive as possible.