I’ve never come close to completing a NaNoWriMo project. I tend to start out strong then abandon the whole thing. I’ve decided to embark on this adventure again, however. It feels like a good thing to do, to put words on the page, since I’ve been so out of touch with my fiction writery self lately.
I guess there’s a couple of ways I could go. I could create an outline and map out scenes to be written each day or I could just start writing with daily word count goals (1700 words a day should do it) and let the thing be loose and free-flowing (which means it will probably end up plotless and unreadable, but that’s part of the point of NaNoWriMo, isn’t it?) Knowing me, I’ll go with the second option.
I have considered coming up with a list of qualities that I want the writing to possess, or characters I’d like to develop, or settings I’d like to describe. When I was in high school, I used to do this thing where I’d make lists of people, places and situations on strips of paper then pull a handful out of a hat and write something that included each of the randomly selected items. Maybe I’ll do something like that.
I’m hoping that the crazy goal of writing a novel in a month will free up my head and open the doors to imaginative thinking, which seems to be running a little dry with me lately. Here’s what I’m hoping for: Sparkle. I’m not really looking to make sense or make art with this thing. I just want to feel sparkly.
I’m also considering signing on for NaBloPoMo in November. I figure I almost post here daily anyway and the two projects sort of go hand in hand because I can always post about how the novel writing is going. I’m drawn to the idea because I’m still trying to figure out something about this blog and giving it that sort of attention – telling myself that I’m going to think of something to say every day for a month – might help me get clarity.
Also, I just like to join these things.
If you’re participating in either, please leave a comment and let me know.