NaNoWriMo: The Start of Something Wonderful
NaNoWriMo officially began an hour ago. I am sad to report that these words I’m typing right now do not count towards my final word count goal of 50,000 words, but you know what? That’s okay. I’ve got the prologue done and that’s a good 1200-ish words right there. And I’ll be taking a break to sleep tonight, too! When the sun rises I’ll– okay, so I’ll still be asleep, but sometime around 11am I’ll wake up and start writing!
This first day might be a little tough for me. The smol children I live with have the day off from school for some reason, so I’ll need to keep an eye on them. My guess is the teachers don’t want to deal with classrooms of children hyped up on Halloween candy. And who can blame them? The ten year old was practically bouncing off the walls when they got back. That is not an exaggeration. She was literally bouncing.
Thankfully, I convinced the hoarding ten year old to stash her candy in the shelves behind my bed, which means she won’t be able to get to it until I wake up. Joke’s on her!
The joke is on me, of course, she’s gonna wake me up for the damn candy.
So, why am I writing a blog post at 1:20am on the first day of NaNoWriMo? Because I’m a masochist, of course.
Honestly, it’s because I’m so proud of all the people I see posting on Twitter about the start of their novels. I know a lot of them are going to lose steam and hope, possibly right a the same time. It happens to the best of us. But nothing worth doing is ever easy and I applaud those attempting it.
I’ve seen a number of people condemning NaNo as a fruitless endeavor. Who wants to spend thirty days pumping out a shit novel? I do. Because that shit novel has the potential to be an amazing novel. What’s more, the practice of writing consistently is one I need and I think a lot of writers who aspire to eventually publish their work should attempt NaNoWriMo for this exact reason. It’s less about hitting that word count (although that really, really helps) and more about simply sitting down and writing something.
NaNoWriMo isn’t going to make or break my career as a writer, but it’ll certainly help me build into the career I want.
My life is NaNoWriMo. https://t.co/1L2U5ZF4eY
— Victoria/V.E. Schwab (@veschwab) October 26, 2017
This is a crazy, crazy month guys. I think it’s perfectly timed, too. I sort of feel like NaNo is a time for personal growth, which coincides beautifully for Thanksgiving. Was that planned? Is that a thing? If it was, A+ job guys. If it wasn’t… A+ job guys.
Anyway. I like to think that NaNoWriMo is the start of something wonderful. Maybe it’s the novel you’re writing that’s wonderful. Maybe it’s the connection you’ll develop to the characters, or the therapeutic feeling you get from writing out a piece of yourself. Maybe it’s the sense of accomplishment that comes at the end of the month, or the thrill of creativity stirring in your mind. Whatever it is that makes NaNoWriMo so exciting, hold onto it.
Life’s too short to not try. Maybe it won’t turn out the way you hoped and maybe it’ll end in a fiery disaster. But at the end of it, you can look back and say you did your best and learned from any mistakes.
Guys, how do you make NaNoWriMo end in a fiery disaster? Any ideas? Leave ’em in the comments!
Now, go out there and kick some novel butt!
It’s 2am, I need sleep.