I did it a year ago with a half-baked storyline and a few lovable characters (or at least I thought they were lovable). I managed to do it despite being away for two weeks in the month of November AND being saddled with heaps of work. It was crazy, it was fun and I even came out in the papers! 😀
But…should I do it again this year?
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – is when you go word-crazy and complete a 50,000 word novel in one month. The goal is not to churn out the most grammatically correct, wonderfully structured piece of fiction/non-fiction that you’ve ever worked on BUT to finish a project. Most wannabe writers out there (and even seasoned ones) know what it’s like to go through a writer’s block and have a piece sitting in a corner gathering dust and obviously unfinished.
The trouble is I have yet to think up a really funky plot with decent characters – and I can just foresee me not having enough time (and stamina) to write at nights (what with French classes – and homework – plus settling down in a new job). The idea to start planning now is very tempting…after all, I am honest enough to admit that this will, perhaps, be the only time I’ll ever get down and serious with my writing.
So far, I’m kinda slanting towards sci-fiction (AGAIN) but I’m hoping that with some of the books I recently purchased, I’ll pick a different genre (no chick flick or hard core romance though) to work in. Gack. I so hate making decisions like this sometimes. I am never the type who enjoys starting something only to leave it hanging…and neither am I the type who enjoys starting off things with the full knowledge that I’ll have problems with it (and not be able to do anything about it). It’s terrible!
So…should I do it?