NaNoWriMo Makes My Brain Hurt

After a long creative drought, I’m finally back to writing. Sort of. I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year in hopes to finally write a book that’s been swirling in my head for a few years. NaNoWriMo, for those that don’t know, is a writing challenge. It’s simple: write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Easy peasy, right? Totally. So I was all, I’m gonna write the book this year! I have a title! I have a protagonist! I’m ready!

Big problem, though: I have no plot. Plots are hard and I’ve yet to really form even an outline for one. I’ve written more on my blog during NaNoWriMo than I have in the book. NaNoWriMo seems to be more of a path to self discovery than a novel writing experiment so far.

Here’s what I’ve discovered so far:

1) I’m really good at titles. If I could write a book of titles I’d be done by now.

2) Writing in third person is hard. I really have no idea why I started writing it in third person. Bad choice.

3) The Wondermutts are jealous of my laptop, which means so far I’ve only been able to write late at night after they’ve finally given up and passed out. At that point I’m too tired to form complete sentences.

4) The more I create, the more I want to create. This is a good thing. It would be a lot more useful if I could stick to one freakin’ subject or project at a time.

5) I get easily distracted.

6) I want to paint right now as much as I want to write. Why? See #5.

7) I’ve kind of forgotten how to write. Stupid creative drought.

8) I like lists. If I could write a book of lists, I would, but that’s been done.

9) I’m  more in the mood to write blog posts than a book. So that’s what I’m going to do. Why?

10) Cuz I do what I want.

11) The Wondermutts really need a bath. This has nothing to do with self discovery, I just wanted an eleventh thing. Cuz eleven is a prime number & those of you that like nice, even lists will be all “WHY ELEVEN, WHY NOT TEN??”

Here’s what I can tell you about writing: nothing. Well, nothing that wouldn’t cramp your creativity. If you want to write, then write. Write every day. Realize some of it is going to be total crap. Don’t wait to be a good writer to start writing. Just write. Crappy writing is part of the process.

So yeah, I’m quitting NaNoWriMo, at least for this year. I do intend to try and write at least one blog post every day for the rest of November. Get ready, cuz some of them will be crap.

And then maybe I’ll write one that will make you laugh & then I’ll be all “YAY!!! VICTORY IS MINE!”

The End.


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