Hello, fellow readers and writers!
November is almost upon us, and if you’re a writer, you probably equate this with NaNoWriMo. Ever since I learned about this event, I have been intrigued and, if I’m honest, a bit envious of the writers who have the guts to participate. I wanted to join in last year, but it was already late October, and I was uninspired and under-prepared. BUT. This year, I’m feeling much more inspired and ready to go. I have exactly two weeks from today to brainstorm and outline like crazy before I start writing.
What is NaNoWriMo?
For those of you who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a virtual writing event where writers from all over the world attempt to draft a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. There are plenty of badges to be earned for those of us who are motivated by things like that, and if you are successful at the end of November and write all 50,000 words, you win a prize (plus, you have the first draft of a novel, which is pretty cool, too). Be sure to visit their website for more information and to sign up!
What I’m Writing
For me, figuring out what to write about has always been the hardest part of the creative writing process. Ever since I can remember, I’ve thought of myself as a writer, but in more recent years, I’ve come to realize that creative writing is harder for me than academic, but this could also be because the latter it’s just what I’m used to. In college, I took a creative writing class that changed my perspective on writing. I learned about the creative nonfiction genre and discovered how much I love it. It was then that I realized that I need some level of reality in my writing to help me along. Making everything up from scratch just doesn’t jive with me.
My project for NaNoWriMo 2018 is still in the very early stages, and so I’m not going to say too much about it here, but the book that I’m planning to write will be an anthology of multiple personal essays that all fall under a common theme.
My Process (So Far)
To be honest, I really have no idea what I’m doing since I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo before. But I do know that I’m the type of creative writer who NEEDS a plan, so I am trying to get fully outlined before November 1st. I have been doing some research on other writer’s methods, and I came across the Snowflake Outline Method, which I think just might really work for me. To keep myself motivated and accountable, I will frequently update my progress on my Insta stories. So keep an eye out for that when November rolls around.
Happy writing, everyone!
P.S. This whole post is only 492 words, and I’m beginning to realize just how much 50,000 words actually is. Halp.