For those of you out there who participated in Nanowrimo (write a novel in 30 days – well not really, because 50,000 isn’t long enough for a novel) I guess it’s come to an end. It has for me. In fact, it ended about week two for me. Which was disappointing in a way and yet freeing in another.
You see, I found I really couldn’t just write on command. Which is not to say that I can’t write or am even going through any kind of block right now – actually, I’m not. But I found that I couldn’t just blindly write down words just for the sake of the word count. The story I’m working on actually matters to me. It’s an idea I’ve had for a long time and characters I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and getting to know and I found I simply couldn’t sacrifice the time they and it needed to breathe, so I could do right by them.
So after two weeks, I said, ‘screw it.’ This isn’t the way I want to write my novel. I want to spend time with it. I want to go at it like gangbusters today and tomorrow think about it – maybe tinker, maybe do some research for a locale or find the write music to inspire me. I want my process to stay organic, which has always been for me. I don’t really write outlines and deep character profiles and long winded synopsises, I live the story, so to speak and write down what happened.
The writing at breakneck speed, not stopping to look, or reread, even for typos – to find the better word because I didn’t have time to do it the day before because the ideas were so fast I could barely get it down as it was, the crunching the numbers for the sake of numbers just don’t fly for me.
Know what I mean?
I think it’s a great idea – and probably does help some writers – makes them rise to the challenge or makes them accountable for their stated goal of writing a novel. But I actually have written one – I didn’t need to prove that to myself and when I realized that, I realized I didn’t have to do it.
I hope everybody who was involved enjoyed themselves and got something out of it. I did get something out of it but not what I expected. Congrats to whomever the winner is.