In case you missed the memo: I am insane. Truly though, NaNoWriMo really is the Hotel California, and your friends are always there to greet you with open arms when you return. After all, only crazy people would embark on an adventure to curate 50,000 words towards a novel in the space of 30 days. Well, I was one of those people, and I tackled NaNoWriMo this year with more conviction than I have in previous years.
When I first started doing NaNoWriMo, it was 2006 and I remembered about its existence just in the nick of time to sign up. I had so much fun, that I kept returning and even ended up joining in with the local online community. The last few years I’ve struggled with it though. Not the community – they have stayed awesome – but with writing anything and getting to 50,000 words. Some years I didn’t even try. It was just too difficult and too overwhelming.
So when on the first day I managed to write 5,807 words I was seriously shocked and pleasantly surprised. With everything I’ve been setting my hand to lately feeling like another failure, it was nice to finally feel like maybe I was doing something right for myself this time.
Today is the 13th day of NaNoWriMo, and I’ve hit the target. I may have simultaneously laughed, cried, and danced when I crossed that line.
My novel is not something that I could share – with anyone. Even the snippet I posted the other day no longer has relevance to the story (but it was fun to write it)! Naturally too, I was affected by the two week blues with my writing slowing dramatically this week.
One of the hardest things about writing like this for me, was continuing to find new inspiration. When I’d get stuck, it was so frustrating and my characters were infuriating! They kept wanting to do things that had no relevance to the plot whatsoever, do things out of the order I wanted them done in, or just forget about really important details. I mean, how dare they?!
For those of you wondering (who didn’t already know), my novel I was (still am!) working on is a Young Adult Fantasy. It still doesn’t really have a name, I made up something stupid for the novel title on NaNo because I didn’t care at the time but wanted to pretend like I did. One of my main characters draws a lot of her power from using various crystals though, which made having these lying around… well, not very helpful. They are shiny though, and sometimes if I stared at them long enough, I came up with new ideas! (Yes, I realise this probably still would have happened even if I was just staring at a banana)
Another thing I did was waste some time going through my old photos and use some of my valuable time to learn some new things in Photoshop. Procrastination is the greatest tool and friend of all creative types *nods*
Check out this cute old photo I took of my favourite flowers, cherry blossoms (yes, I just called the flowers cute):
Another place I draw a lot of inspiration from is music. Every year just before NaNo, I try and make sure I have epic brilliant writing playlists. Well, this year I tried and failed, to be perfectly honest.
A lot of that though, could be due to the fact that I discovered this song just before NaNo started, and was devastated that I didn’t have it in my music collection. So I did spend a lot of time getting distracted and watching this video again and again. These girls are mesmerizing (your argument is invalid).
I may have bought myself the album today as a CONGRATULATIONS YOU FINISHED NANO (for the first time in years) WHICH CONFIRMS YOUR INSANITY STATUS!!!
How many of you are doing NaNo? What are your biggest hurdles, inspirations, and distractions? If Red Light by f(x) doesn’t make the list now, then I think we’re going to have a problem here… ♥