AKA. What I did over my November Vacation.
For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The purpose is to get people out there and writing. Typing away on the keys. 200k+ people putting all of their thoughts to page as best they can. Some of them even finishing.
The goal is 50 thousand words in 30 days. This is a time line that encourages quantity over quality. For some people that can be bad but for me it worked out. I’m one of those people who spends much too much time just thinking about what I’m going to write and then never actually sitting down and doing it.
This time I did it!
In the course of thirty days, and with some ass kicking from my wife, I was able to put down 50 thousand words. Another 30 thousand and I might actually finish my first draft. More than likely what is going to happen is it is going to sit. And I’m ok with that.
The experience was an overall positive one. I liked the comraderie of working on a project all at the same time. I would often check with twitter to see who among my friends was posting about it. I liked chatting about the effort with the downstairs neighbor who was also working on her own novel.
And I liked the excuse to stop doing certain things that I wasted time with. I stopped following a number of blogs that I was barely reading anyway. I’ve been unsubscribing from a number of mailing lists that were eating into my time for no real benefit. The Best Buy deal of the day email has been proving to be particularly tenascious.
Writing like that every day wasn’t easy but it was good. I didn’t love the writing but I loved seeing the characters unfold. I picked up so many roleplaying character ideas. One of the hardest things I find about RPG characters is how they always feel ‘constructed’. Not like that first character who fell into place and grew. Not only did the characters grow but the world grew… more than scribbling out a map ever did.
So yes, I may never be a ‘real’ writer, but I had fun building my world and exploring my characters. Next year I think i’ll do fantasy.