It’s that time again.

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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…

About Time

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.

#WriteMotivation November

My goals:

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!

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10 thoughts on “It’s that time again.

  1. i LOVe Love Actually, too! i could watch it every day. Probably. so much goodness.

    as for books, i’d have to agree with the HP series. i hated getting to the end and there was no more. although i do love re-reading them.

    i’m writing nano without a pre-organized plot for the first time as well. frightening and exhilarating, right?

    Good luck with yours!

    1. Ahh, so nice to hear that others have the same warm-cozy feeling with that film 🙂 I was excited to see your blog post! We should compare notes by the end and see how we manage without pages and pages of notes to go on this NaNo around!

  2. Hope things are settling down now and the move went better than expected. Although I love the thrill of a “new” location (which I miss dearly), I also dread the move part, especially now that I’m an adult. At least when we moved when I was little, it was all done and worried about by the grownups! 🙂

    I also loved the movie Love Actually. However, I’ve only seen it once. Books, on the other hand, I can read and read and re-read all the time. I hate letting a world I’ve grown fond of die. 😛 Plus, I’m not one who can remember every single detail so rereading allows me to remember the tiny bits I forgot.

    As for Nano! You go girl! You can do this! I’m cheering you on! Me, I’m writing. Not counting. And the new shiny seems pretty ok, I guess. As always, I’m worried I won’t have enough words for a novel. 😛 But who cares. I’m writing!

    1. They are finally settling down, thanks Jamie! 🙂 This was the hardest move I’ve ever had, and think, ever will (unless we end up moving to Australia or New Zealand some day… or back to the States), because of everything we needed to get for the house all at one time. So glad that part is over, still hard to get used to this being our place!

      Thanks for the NaNo cheers! This year I really want to make the words count, not count the words 😉 like you say… I’m grateful for what I got out of last year’s, but I had to do a LOT of revising and I think I wasted too much time on line edits of chapters that were vastly changed in the end. Lesson learned! You will have enough, just keep at it, one day at a time 🙂

  3. Love Actually is one of my favorite movies! I love all the interweaving stories.

    And oh boy, as for books, I think Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series would be one on my list, along with pretty much everything Courtney Milan’s ever written. (Her romances are amazing.) And Guards! Guards! and Men-at-Arms by Terry Pratchett. And…I should probably stop there. 🙂

    1. Ooh, Sanderson has been on my TBR list for awhile now. May need to bump it towards the top! I’ve not heard of Courtney Milan before so thanks for the tip.. and do love Pratchett (what I’ve read so far… have only dipped my toe in and realise must go much deeper :)) Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

  4. Glad your move is finished, but sorry you’re still out of your groove from it! I know what that’s like, and hopefully you’ll get back into your normal routine soon!

  5. I’m so happy you’re doing NaNo and with such a good attitude too. I think too many people let it beat them up 😉
    Yay for getting the move done. And here’s to meeting your goals this month!

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