This is my Nano year. Every single year I say I’m going to do it, but every November comes and goes and I don’t do it. (I kinda once did it in 2013, but it was a very half-arsed, not very Nano-vibes effort. It doesn’t really count).
National Novel Writing Month – Nano for short – is just that. In the month of November people from all around the world sign up (on nanowrimo.org) to write 50k in one month. That’s the goal anyway.
(Apparently) you can join cabins and have buddies, but I have zero clue how that works. I’m just here to track my words and look at all the encouraging tweets (and tweet my own despairs).
If you write 50k, you ‘win’ Nano. (If not, it doesn’t matter). You self-track your words – and it is absolutely so satisfying to see that word count go up. You can earn badges and buy merch (and also donate money).
Unfortunately for me, Nano always falls during exams. I’m 20, so since I was 14 or so I’ve had exams during November/December. Last year I was overseas during the beginning of November – and then worked full-time for the rest.
I was so determined to do Nano this year that I made it one of my New Year’s Resolutions. So here I am. I unfortunately do have exams (3 of them), so I’ll have to balance my writing with that (and sadly, they come first).
But I am determined to finish my first novel.
I have one almost-finished one (around 40k words, but it’s never getting done), and another at 13k or something. I am excited for my current WIP and I’ve been planning and writing and thinking about it a lot.
I think I’m a plantser – I like to know the main points of my novel, but I’m not really into planning everything out word for word and page by page. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten the whole ‘plan-in-one-place’ thing down pat – and have notes everywhere: on my phone, in at least 2 different notebooks and as audio notes. Sometime soon I’ll have to collate them somewhere (any ideas???)
But this is me, pledging to do Nano 2017 (and try my very very hardest to win).