Thursday, 1 November 2012

National Novel Writing Month

Back in 2010, I took part in National Blog Posting Month, in which I posted one blog post a day for a month. Nearly. It was quite difficult to do every day, and I'm not sure what I gained out of it. Slightly more blog posts than I would usually publish, about rather more throwaway things.

This year, I'm taking part in the altogether more scary-sounding National Novel Writing Month. Guess what that entails. One of the instructions is to "tell your inner editor to take a hike" so your inner writer can run naked and free through the fertile pastures of your imagination. I've just written 1,000 words before work (another 600 to go today), and it's incredibly difficult. My inner editor said she was going on a trip but she keeps popping back because she "forgot" something.

"Just checking you're ok... Oh, you don't want to put that there, it doesn't make any sense. Why don't any of the places have names? You can't just put them in later, or you'll forget what you're talking about. I think you're being too ambitious, why don't you sit down and have a proper think about it. Maybe write out a plan, like you learned to do at school. Should you be eating that, by the way? Just a thought..."

1 comment:

  1. In 2010 I took part in NaNoWriMo. I finished my story just over the 50k mark. It's rough, My computer decided to die on me and I missed a few days of writing until I could get a new one. Luckily, I was able to get all files off my old one.

    It's rough, but stick with it. What I wrote my not be the best thing in the world, but I'm proud of it.

    Things break, so back-up.

    Finishing isn't about luck, but it helps. So, good luck.