Nana nana nana nana, NANO!
My sister introduced me to NaNoWriMo several years ago and since then, I’ve used it as a tool to gauge how I make use of my writing time the rest of the year. A lot of people will argue over the value of racing to get 50k written in a month. Don’t listen to them. It’s a great idea that helps lots of people get the words down, the people like me who work better under a deadline with a ticking clock than without such parameters.
Does everyone who takes part in NaNo believe they’ll have a bestseller come December, when they’ll immediately begin to query said masterpiece? Of course not. Maybe some do, but the NaNo critics should stop and realise that many people do know how things work, and take the opportunity for what it is – a chance to kick yourself in the butt and get moving. It’s that simple.
More than anything, I love the community that springs up around it every year. It’s hard to find time to constantly take part, but I love chatting and seeing the conversations on Twitter and blogs between writers who are so supportive of one another’s goals and dreams.
This year’s a bit different than last. Last year I had my story meticulously planned, and writing was a breeze. This year, I’m doing revisions on one MS, and with the recent move, I haven’t had time to put a single word down in advance. So while the vaguest plot was floating in my head with two very distinct characters, I didn’t type a word of it until Saturday. But already, I’m excited with what’s coming out in my plot sketch and first chapter. We’ll see how this goes…
The other week, we went to see this film as I’m not ashamed to admit I love Love, Actually and watch it religiously once a year. It contains my favourite piece of music of all time (which I walked down the aisle to), and was penned by the guy behind Black Adder, Richard Curtis (If you haven’t watched Black Adder from start to finish, DO IT. Hilarious, historical, and also, quite heartbreaking).
One of the things I loved about this film was that Bill Nighy’s character had all the time in the world, and what did he choose to do with it? Read. He admitted to reading every book a man could want to read. The more I think about that, the more I wish I had that chance. I’m a re-reader. I know that phrase splits a crowd down the middle. I’ve read certain books over ten times. I love reading new ones, don’t get me wrong! But when a world and its characters take me in like a friend, I don’t ever want it to end, and find myself returning for the cosy familiarity mixed with the wonders of uncovering new things each time.
If you could go back in time indefinitely, what book(s) would you want never to have to read for the final time?
My top votes would go to LOTR (the whole thing), Simon R. Green’s Forest Kingdom and Deathstalker series, Harry Potter — all of ’em, and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Of course, it’s easier to re-read picture books from childhood – I have a pile of these on my shelf that I’ve read since I COULD read, and opening them to revisit is relatively easy, but they’d make the list, too.
1. Do Nano. Write 50k as a basis for new fantasy/sci-fi. Started, and on target.
2. Work on getting back into a daily routine after the Move That Took All Month. Trying. Adjusting sleep schedule again isn’t easy.
3. Spend majority of online social time encouraging others. Need to work on this!
I should also add, “Finish revisions on fantasy MS.” By next week, I hope to say this is the case. Good luck, fellow NaNoers!