Writing

Less Than a Month / NaNoWriMo 2019

You know what’s nearly here?

NaNoWriMo 2019! (If you aren’t sure what that is, you can look at this post where I explain it.)

I cannot tell you how excited I am. Last year I didn’t reach 50,000 words. I was going strong, and then halfway through the month I went to Sydney and things were put on hold. I don’t mind this; I ended up with a 20,000 word completed story, and while it’s short it’s finished and happy. I am thinking about reworking it into a novel but I’m not going to force it; at least, not until after November, because I’ll be working on a completely new story for this NaNoWriMo.

This November feels perfect for writing 50,000 words. My last day at work is at the end of October, and I’m only doing one unit at university in November. Naturally my priority will be my study, but I feel confident that I can get a decent number of words written.

As I’ll be working on a new story, November feels filled with beautiful possibility.

Instead of working out a full novel outline, I’ve decided to simply brainstorm a few scenes and see where they take me. I don’t think it’s helpful to write aimlessly, as the editing process will involve cutting away all the fluff, but I don’t want to restrict myself too much. I don’t have the clearest idea for how this novel will end, but I’m happy to fill in the gaps between the few scenes I want to include and go from there.

Get keen campers!

NaNoWriMo is a fantastic way of getting motivated, and to have a go regardless of your word count. While I think it would be amazing to have a completed novel to start editing by the end of November, I’m just happy about being so excited! I love the extra push towards writing something that I might not have otherwise. Writing, just like anything in life, can easily become something you stop doing when things get busy. NaNoWriMo is the reminder to prioritise something you love to do.

As I said, I will be studying one unit next month. The unit is on Children’s Books (I’m looking forward to this so much), so I’ll have a good balance of writing essays for class and writing creatively for NaNoWriMo. (Alongside this blog, of course 😉 )

Stay tuned for a month of NaNoWriMo related blog posts, amongst the usual book reviews and the third (and possibly fourth?) post on body positivity and insecurity.

Sarah xx

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