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November is National Novel Writing Month (endearingly termed by it's participants as NaNoWriMo) and I have tentatively decided to take part. The aim is to write 50,000 words in a month... just for the hell of it. (Well, maybe not "the hell of it" - probably more because you just darn love to write!)

I say tentatively because I know what I'm like. I'll dive head first into it, writing for 3 hours a night, every night... for about a week. And then I'll forget... Or I'll not have time... Or I'll just find myself watching season 1 million of America's Next Top Model instead.

It's not because I don't love to write, though. Because I do. Very much. It's that I have never in my life been able to see an idea through more than about 50 pages. Even if I had the next Lord of the Rings scale epic in my head, all characterised and beginning-middle-and-ended, I'd still only reach Tom Bombadil before I gave it up.

My biggest flaw as a writer is my conviction - in myself and in my ideas. I tend to write an idea, only to get a month or so into it and think "noone else would read this" and stop because I feel it's self-indulgent pap.

That's why blogging suits me. It's short and no-one pays anything to read it so I don't have to feel guilty if you don't lilke what I'm spewwing. I don't have to approach anyone to be judged and approved, and I don't have to hit a word count.

However... that makes me a coward. I don't want to be that. And, actually, I'd quite like to one day have a complete story to my name, I might even want to publish it... I want to challenge and push myself. So, NaNoWriMo it is.

I've been putting a few ideas together and different avenues I could go down.

There's the Teen Fantasy Romance - tempting because its ridiculously easy to write, off-putting because I bloody hate the genre at the moment thanks to certain vampires and their rip-offs.

There's the Introverted Musing/Memoir - possibly the one with the most longevity because I could write it like a journal, making nightly writing for a month a bit more plausible - but man, this story could would be boring!

Then there's the "just write and see what happens" option. This has the most potential for failure because I'm attacking with no plan and nothing to aim for the following night... but could be the better end result.

So, there you have it! Stage one of my NaNoWriMo journey well and truly muddled and confused.

I'll probably be tweeting my trials and tribulations so if you want to witness disaster at work, follow me @mabismab. I can't say it will be pretty, but wonders never cease. I could do with the encouragement to be honest!

See ya!

1 comment

  1. I want you to know this.

    You are silly. You are a brilliant writer. You do not need encouragement from anybody but yourself. When you feel your story is going no where - persevere, the story will take control and take you to where it wants to be.

    You are awesome. You can do it. I completely and utterly have faith in you.