Last year (2012), around mid-October, I heard about National Novel Writing Month and decided to myself “What the heck 50,000 words in 30 days doesn’t sound too bad, this should be a breeze”. At this point I need to tell you a few things:
- I haven’t written piece of fiction since secondary school, although there are people at work who say I write fiction everyday. Boom boom. Sorry poor joke I know.
- National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately known, is about quantity rather than quality. Something I came to fully appreciate.
- I am a born procrastinator and I will start a zillion things but very rarely do I finish anything…
Anyhoo, on the first day I sat down and started with what I thought was a great idea but after around 8,000 words (around 6 days later) I ground to what can only be described as a painfully grinding halt. Hmmm, maybe this writing malarkey was going to be harder than one thought.
I kept plugging away. I read lots of blogs about writer’s block and was constantly checking the NaNoWriMo help pages to find that ‘golden nugget’ to inspire me. Do you know what? I started to make some progress. Then a bit more. Then amazingly by the end of the month I had written 53,000 words, and in NaNoWriMo terms I was a winner. A big fat massive achievement for me, I can assure you of that.
So I now had a ‘novel’ and even though it is nothing like what I thought it would be, in fact it was way better, sitting waiting for me to show it some TLC. At this point I should refer you back to point 3, I am and always will be a procrastinator.
One of my fears about picking back up my ‘novel’ is I am a newbie writer, struggle with getting grammar right and I haven’t found my “style”. I know this because when I went to edit the first chapter I realised I was hacking away at the story rather than improving it. Not a good idea. So back on the shelf it went.
I went back to my normal routine and after a short while found there was something missing, something i couldn’t put my finger on. Then about 2 months ago I realised I missed writing. I missed the opportunity to sit down with my hands above the keyboard and allowing my mind ‘to do it’s thing’.
I am still not ready to edit my ‘novel’ yet as I really need to get in some writing practice. How am I going to do this? By writing flash fiction, which is a story of 300 words or less. My theory being if it is very very short I am more likely to sit down and write something, and to give me that extra push I am going to share these stories via this blog. Eek.
So ends my ramble about me… and you will be pleased to know this ramble will probably be my longest post.
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