I am more afraid of a blank page than of Carrie White. (Stephen King’s, Carrie).That said, I am working towards a Halloween writing deadline with just one goal: my novel for NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who may be new to the literary plot landscape where chainsaws and zombies are normal conversations over coffee this time of year for horror writers at least, National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, is a fright of a different sort. The objective is to write a novel in 30 days. Cheating is not allowed or encouraged and I can’t say I’ve ever met a writer who started before the deadline although plenty have started after it and still done just fine.
Do you think the challenge of writing 50,000 words is 49, 999 to many? I think not in this instance. I know I’d be happier if I was receiving $50,000.00 dollars instead of having to create 50,000 words. But hey, anything is possible. The planet still has oxygen right? That’s air we’re breathing? Good. I’ll not digress.
This year I’ve yet to decide between creating a literary work or a horror/thriller novel. It seems, as someone who has OCD in real life that I have a gift for all the, ‘what if’s’ that life has to offer and the horror/thriller genre suits my writing style well. As a writer I have come to see this mental health illness as a blessing in procuring writing material and not the curse it once was to me.
Oh wait, I did digress. Back to the point: I don’t plot my work. Almost ever. I am going to go where the keyboard leads me. (So long as there’s fresh coffee on and my loving family supporting me along the way.)
There’s a trick to this challenge:
- Write every day.
- Write every day.
- Set a word count to reach daily and don’t stop writing until you’ve met your writing quota for the day.
- Go to write-ins if you can.
- If you need motivation, find someone (a writing partner or friend) who will encourage you along the way.
Last year, when I first took on this challenge, I wrote just shy of 39,000 words. (Which I hear is not bad for a newbie).
If you want actual guidance for this spectacular writing event that so many writers participate in, I highly recommend reading the book
No Plot? No Problem! By Chris Baty and also that you check http://nanowrimo.org to help yourself along towards novel completion and NaNoWriMo success.
I don’t know how I’ll do this year while I also juggle the demands of daily life, but one thing’s for sure:
That’s still air I’m breathing.