Tomorrow, Nanowrimo begins.
I try not to write too much about my writing process (it is about as pretty and appetizing as sausage-making, or stuffing a turkey.) I can only hope what I put on the table at the end of it doesn’t turn your stomach.
But this November, I’m making an exception (you can read why, and what’s Nanowrimo, here). On each Monday of this coming month, I’m determined to check in, and make public the humiliating spectacle that can be (my) writing life during NanoWriMo.
I’m often asked what I do with my time, and I reply: reading, writing, eating, sleeping. I don’t mention the proportions of each, and what else is involved. I want to make that public for two reasons:
- The threat of the public disgrace might spur on the word count.
- To discourage the rampant glamorization of the fiction writing business.
Each year, come Nano time, I used to sniff privately and mutter, well, anyone can write a pile of crap in a month. I write every day, all year. I submit to tons of places, get rejected. I wrote a novel over the last few years, and so on, and you know, so forth. Who are these Nanowrimo hobbyists writing for that One month?
But that was not a sentiment I was/am proud of. Each writer’s journey is different. Everyone has a unique purpose, commitment, expectations. People come to writing for all kinds of reasons; they deserve respect for their individual motivations.
So, this year, I’m going to join in this Nanowrimo mega-endeavour.
I’ve done some research–I continue to do it–and I have–gasp–an outline!
Having never outlined anything before writing a first draft (I do my outlines before my second drafts, if at all), ever before (and at last count I have about 800,000 written words– 60,000 published stories and about 20,000 published non-fiction– under my belt) it feels like a unprecedented professional milestone. Not sure if I should laugh or cry at that thought. A bit of both, perhaps. I’m more of a free-fall kind of a writer, but this year, I’ve decided to work on a bare guideline, at the very least. I have permission to veer off track whenever I want, so I don’t chafe at the bit too hard and quit.
If you read this blog, I need your support. Throw at me coffee, chocolate, tea, virtual hugs, curses, wine; ask me how it is going on twitter: in short anything you think likely to help me reach that 50k line.
If you’re a fellow Nano-er, buddy me on BiswasD. And maybe join the Nanowrimo Social media Bloghop here, so we can follow each other.
Are you joining the Nanowrimo? What have you been up to lately? Any tips on piling up the word count?
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