It’s Sunday the 27th of October which means its almost NaNoWriMo time. Am I ready for it? No. I was going to spend about ten hours over the last couple of weeks planning it but that dental issue I had knocked that plan on the head. I know enough of the story I want to write and I have the outline roughly sketched out so I’m hoping I can pull it off this year.
Now the problem I have is that I was hoping to have this round of edits on Project Apollo done by now but I’m not even half way through it, I’m not even close if I’m honest. I’m going to try and juggle the two but I owe it to Apollo to prioritise that one, that said I am going to give NaNo a bloody good whack.
For me NaNoWriMo is a huge part of my writing year. I look at it as a time of the year where I can just write and not think about all the stuff that surrounds writing. I feel at times that what I’m writing needs to be perfect first time round and writing is not like that for me. I do edit edit edit. Mainly because I find plot holes the size of Australia in some of my work. This I’m putting down to not enough preparation, which I’m working on. That was what I was hoping NaNo would help with this year, but with the dental issues side tracking me I did not do as much as I was planning to.
So am I really ready for NaNoWriMo? Yes. This story has been in my head for a good eighteen months, its had a couple of false starts where I’ve ran out of steam quickly (this happens far too often) but in those few moments where I did get planning I got my outline down. I know what I’d roughly like to happen in each chapter but not to the point where I cannot fly off in whatever direction that I (or my characters) want to go. This is the most prepared I have been for NaNo, I have a completed outline which I think will be hugely helpful in getting a complete story written.
I’d like to get to a couple of my local write ins as well but that depends on work and so on. What I think will really motivate me though is my writing buddies. This year I’ll have a few people who will be there to cheer me on and for me to do the same. I’m not taking NaNo hugely seriously this year, I’ve found that the more pressure I put on myself the more likely I am to fail. If you want to add me I’m PeterJReaper over at nanowrimo.org
To me it does not matter whether I win or loose but I know I will learn something from NaNoWriMo and I’ll be a better writer when it is all said and done. NaNoWriMo inspires me to get tapping at the keys and get a story out there, the community there is makes it feel like I’m not alone in this dream that I have to write.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? if so are you ready?