Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a writer? Do you have an idea for a book floating through your head? Well, this could well be the best time to take action. Next month is NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month where writers both professional and amateur are encouraged to aim to write 50,000 during the month of November.
I have been watching NaNoWriMo for a couple of years now, always intrigued but too busy aka scared, to take the plunge and join in. But this year…I’m in.
The countdown is on, literally. The clock on the NaNoWriMo website is counting down to the second how long till writers across the globe furiously start tapping away on their laptops, or in my case, sit staring blankly at the screen for the words to miraculously appear. It happens…doesn’t it?
No. It doesn’t. That’s the thing about writing. As much as you will it to happen, as much as you try to telepathically transfer the ideas and dialogue in your head to the computer screen, it doesn’t just happen.
Writing is hard work. I’m sure many have an opinion that writing is an easy task, but these people have never tried to write a book. Others think that, to true writers the words come easy, and I’m sure that they do at times, but it happens to the best of us; writers block, lack of inspiration colliding directions, trouble finding the words, doubts and fears. Yes, the mind of a writer.
But next month I’m diving in head first. I’ve got my prep underway with character profiles, plot outlines and story structure and I’m ready to go. I’m tackling this with excitement and confidence, and with a large sprinkling of motivation thrown in for good measure.
And I’m not alone. I have my twitter buddies, fellow NaNoWriMo pals (don’t back out on me now), to encourage and motivate each other along the way. Yes that’s you @annaspargoryan @altait @Miscmum @JohannaBD @AnnieB25 @BecWaterhouse
Now the only thing left to do is fill the sleep bank up to full capacity ready for November!