What’s Scarier Than Halloween?

2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileWhy, NaNoWriMo, of course!  An event where writers from all over the world sit in front of their laptops and computer screens and even notebooks and attempt to write out a 50K novel in 30 days.

So what am I doing?

Well, I’m doing the cray-cray and have decided at the last minute to do NaNoWriMo for the second year in a row.  Forget that I failed last year’s NaNoWriMo, writing only 16K words out of the 50K required when I lost the motivation to write after reading a certain YA novel that kinda had the same idea I had.  It was definitely disappointing, I tell you.

Considering that I hadn’t written in over ten years before that was probably too ambitious on my part as well.

So this year, I’m doing it again, but this time I’m not reading any more novels for the month of November.  I can read references, of course, for research.  But no more novels.  I gotta write it all out instead.

Unfortunately I’ve gotten way too comfortable in my fan fiction bubble.  Since last year’s grand failure, I’ve churned out 145K words for one fan fiction novel called Broken, and then there’s another 78K words so far for a fan fic piece set in Middle Earth called A Willing Heart.  Don’t even get me started on another one that’s running 10K words that’s set in 1180 England – yep, fan fic again called Waiting for Dawn.  I mean, once upon a time, I never heard about fanfic and here I am, having gotten too comfortable with it, and I’ve yet to book my flight out of Middle Earth as we speak.

I did accomplish writing over 90K words for an original story, Finding Sky, for Camp NaNoWriMo  in July so all in all, it’s not bad.  But the story’s not done, and it’s been hibernating since August.  I’ve also written a few short stories, one of them being The Girl At the Top of the Stairs.

nanowrimo_5thSo beginning tomorrow, I shall be freaking out over what story to write for this year’s NaNoWriMo.  I mean, I’ve motivated myself by even making up a cool book cover, and I even have a tentative title from my last year’s entry – but even I know that won’t matter if the words won’t spill out of me.  See what I mean about doing the cray cray?  I mean, what am I thinking?  I could clean up the house and feed the kid, you know.  And even show up for work now and then.  Instead, I’m going to attempt to write a 50K novel in 30 days beginning tomorrow!  Am I panicking?  You betcha!

This time I’ve actually got writing buddies whom I have been so eager to motivate to do the challenge with me (just don’t tell them I’m freaking out and screaming my head off internally); I’ve been blogging for over a year, and have actually made some wonderful online friends (oh hai!) – some of whom read my stories, fanfic and original pieces on Wattpad.

Oh, and Wattpad is one of NaNo’s partners this year and you can win $2,000 for writing and posting your story on their site.  What a way to be accountable to your reader, eh?

Oh well, it’s scary as heck but someone’s gotta do it.


9 thoughts on “What’s Scarier Than Halloween?

  1. it’s like you’ve been running 5ks and half marathons all year this year — so you really are in shape. I totally believe you can do this!

      1. well … at least you know what the track looks like. I really believe that writing is such a disciplined thing. I’ve been reading stuff from you every week for a year now … what you write may not be perfect but it will still be another step forward. Rooting for you.

  2. Good luck, hopefully your time at Camp NaNnoWriMo will stand you in good stead!
    I had never heard of Wattpad but it looks really cool – I’ll have to check it out properly later.

    1. Thank you, Dr. Ali! Hopefully this time I’ll actually get it done – and not just write 90K and not get to the ending like I did last time LOL

      Wattpad is pretty interesting – lots of One Directioners but if you know where to look you find some wonderful writers!

  3. Best of luck, MM – with all the previous work under your belt, even if it relied on characters already established by other writers, you have shown that you CAN write a work of substantial length. Congrats for taking the challenge – I never could.

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