Friday, December 25, 2015

NaNoWriMo? Not for me—or is it?

I'm three days late with my blog post, but it is!

Never, ever have I been even remotely tempted to participate in NaNoWriMo. Not once. Not even part of once—you get the idea. I always figured that spitting out 50000 words in a month is just a bit silly, and that the focus on quantity over quality would not work for me. But something strange happened over the course of three weeks from the end of November to roughly the middle of December. I began writing a short story that I'd had in mind for years, and the story 'magically' grew into a novel. In three weeks! I was writing 3000 to 7000 words a day most days, and before the end of those three weeks I had a complete first draft that weighed in at 55000 words.

I'm not sure exactly how it happened, and I still don't quite believe that it did. The story was so much fun that I just kept going. There was no pressure to meet a goal because I had completed the original target of writing the short in two days. There's also the fact that I was in procrastination mode: I was supposed to be working on a paper on critical and cultural theory, which apparently motivated me to focus all my attention and energy—elsewhere.

So who knows? Maybe it's time for me to rethink NaNoWriMo. Seems I may have stumbled across a foolproof formula: 1. It must be a lighthearted, fun project, and 2. There must be something else of critical (pun intended) importance that I absolutely should be doing during that time instead of fooling around making stuff up. Now that I've figured this thing out, I might actually give NaNoWriMo a whirl next year.

Here's wishing the Novel Spaces community of writers and readers a very merry Christmas and a productive, healthy and happy 2016. Jewel Amethyst shared the meme below on Facebook and it encapsulates my sentiments for the season perfectly.

Lots of love and warm hugs to all!



Jewel Amethyst said...

Thanks Liane, I'm feeling healthy, happy and loved already as I read this. I personally have never tried nanowrimo, but I have had to write a 30 000 word novella to be published in three weeks and part of that entailed doing research into the world of Pretty Little Liars, a series I had never watched or read before being commissioned by Amazon to write in that universe for the launch of its Kindle Worlds. The result was "Indiscretion" available in Amazon Kindle Worlds. I've also had to write "From SKB With Love (Holiday Brides) in about two months. So it's doable, that is, writing quality work in a short time. The best part is, I enjoyed the challenge.

Charles Gramlich said...

If Nano was in the summer I'd probably do it, but not during the school year.

Liane Spicer said...

You're welcome, Jewel. Yes, realizing that it was doing was a revelation for me.

Liane Spicer said...

Charles, I used to teach. One of the reasons I left was that it took all my energy. All. I had nothing left over for other stuff. So I hear you.

Liane Spicer said...

Um... Jewel, I meant realizing that it was DOABLE!