NaNoWriMo has, in a way, crept up on me this year. I was hoping to be more prepared for it at the start of the year but there has been a number of contributing factors that have just spun this year off track. Some of it has been me allowing myself to become distracted and to loose focus. Some of it has been outside my, or anyones, control. I think I realised this was sort of happening a fair few months ago because I decided that I would type up my FanFiction piece I wrote earlier in the year for NaNo as a fall back if I needed it.
I have got The Space Watch on the go, I’m guessing I’m about a third of the way through that at the moment, but I’m waiting for Owen to get back to me on what I’ve done so far. So, it’s this FanFic piece that I’m going to be working on.
I have got a couple of ideas in my head for pieces I want to write in the near future. Stories that I am very excited by, but that I want to put some more time into working on before I dive in and get writing. I love doing NaNo, but I’ve found that I can’t just go in blindly like I did last year and on previous occasions. I need to have some kind of outline (although not a detailed chapter by chapter one) and I need to have characters and the setting thought out a little more than I have done in the past.
I’ve completed NaNoWriMo twice in my five attempts, and I’m determined to complete it again this year. I know some writers crap on NaNoWriMo, with the most common reason for their distaste being that for a real writer NaNoWriMo is every month. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing. I bet theres more than a few writers who have done NaNo and realised that not only can they write that many words a month, but they can complete a coherent story.
I need NaNoWriMo this year for many reasons. I’m not going to be able to get to as many Write-Ins as I’d like, I’ve had to miss my regions Launch party already, and I know there are going to be days where I really struggle with finding the time to get the 1667 words a day done. So on the good days I’ll push myself to get more than I need done, I’ll make sure I jump in with sprints on my local group on Facebook. If there are none running, I’ll give a shout out and see if anyone wants to join one.
My family have had a lot of hurdles these last few months, and I’m still expecting a few more to come. Despite that, I’m going to complete NaNoWriMo this year. I’m going to make it three completions on the spin. I’m someone who believes you don’t have to hit the 50k of NaNo to be a winner, as long as you try and are writing then you’re a winner. But this year, for me personally, I need to hit that 50k.