This year is the first time I’ve signed up to take part in NaNoWriMo. In the past I’ve always stuck firmly to the idea that being pressured to write X many words per day would take all the fun out of writing. I prefer to do it at my own pace, happy in the knowledge that I’m writing all year round rather than just one month of the year.
Having spent the last year trying to get into the mindset of a serious author, I am now forced to recognize that professional life is full of writing to deadlines and the sooner I get on board with that idea, the better. Writing at my own pace all year round is fine if I’m pottering but if I want to produce enough work to build a readership, I need to improve that pace from an amble to at least a jog. (I hate running – this paragraph needs a better metaphor.)
Also, there’s the question of Book 3. Spiritus and Corpus both filled me up with words to the point where I could barely breathe until I’d got some of them down on paper. Which is both awesome and frustrating (although mostly frustrating for anyone trying to have a conversation with me whilst battles rang in my ears). The point is that I didn’t get scared of the story until we hit editing and I realized where the problems were. Book 3, on the other hand, is the most technically challenging structure I’ve ever attempted. It combines two POV protagonists who never meet or even learn of each other’s existence, but who are both necessary to tell the greater story of the country they both inhabit. For someone who’s inclined to first-person single narrators, that’s quite daunting.
I’ve written up copious research notes. I’ve drawn story arcs and chapter outlines. I’ve even written excerpts from a critical third character’s perspective, to help understand her relationship with one of the narrators. But I’ve been running scared of actually starting the book itself.
This is where I’m hoping NaNoWriMo is going to help. I won’t have time to be scared because there’s a deadline to meet every damn day. And, as previously mentioned, deadlines are good things to get used to. Will it take away from the fun and magic of writing? I guess I’ll find out.
If you feel like following my progress, and/or sharing your own if you too are partaking, come and find me (everwalker) on the NaNoWriMo website. Let’s do this together!