Thank you NaNoWriMo
Well, the 30th November has come and gone. How did I do? Was it a success?
Let’s be frank. I didn’t get 50’000 words down during the month; far from it, in fact I finished with under 20’000. This was due, in part, to two factors. One of which no-one could have foreseen and necessitated 3 weekends out of 4 away from home. The other simply being that work commitments HAVE to come before my writing for pleasure as I’ve never earned a buck from my writing and I’m not in the position to do so now. Bills must be paid and there were times during the month when I came home late and the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of another computer. I did force myself a few times, and it shows in what I wrote (I’m sure I’ll be murdering a fair few of THOSE darlings…). Instead, the times when I felt at ease the words flowed, humour was easier to come by and the characters gelled and developed.
I returned from visiting my folks in England at the end of October and sat down (as I’ve previously mentioned on here) on 1st November with little idea what to do or where to go with it once I had it. I always thought it an exageration when I read that writers, or rather successful ones, don’t know what their characters are going to get up to when they sit at the keyboard. “What a load of old tosh!” I said to myself. However, now I’m a changed man. It’s not tosh at all. I started the beginning of the exercise with no plot whatsoever – none! It developed and it is still developing and I love it. It’s the first time this has happened to me and it’s a fantastic feeling.
So; what about my novel? It’s there, it’s at early stages. My characters are still sussing each other out. I’m discovering traits in a couple of them that weren’t there at the start. A couple of big-hitters are still yet to show their faces but they will, in time. I’ve been learning how to tell their story, I hope by the end I make at least a reasonable job of doing so. I hope so.
Finally, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to the NaNoWriMo team for uniting writers from all over the world for one cause; to write. No more, no less. In my 19’000 words you helped me become more of a writer than I was at the end of October. There’s the possibility I may never earn a buck from my writing, but I do know I’ll enjoy it all the more for the experience during the last month. You see NaNoWriMo has given me the discipline to write, when I can. One evening I turned out 2’000 words in one sitting. I’ve never done that before and boy, what a feeling.
So, was it a success? Personally, yes.
Good job, Christopher. You made great headway with nearly 20,000 words. I love that you wrote as a “pantster” – letting the story unfold before you as you type. I write by the seat of my pants all the time. I think I’m going somewhere with my story, and then my characters take over, even to the point of changing my plot. For me, it’s a fun way to write because I never know what’s going to happen.
Thank you for your words. “Panster”? Marvellous! I sure did.
It’s true, when the characters start shedding the skin you originally put them on it becomes interesting and, more importnatly, fun.
I hope you are keeping well.