I’ve decided to participate in this years Nanowrimo 2010. For those who don’t know what it is, no worries. I only learned about it last month which is remarkable timing considering I decided to start working on my book again. About ten years ago I wrote a very rough draft of what could have been a novel. It was a little more than three hundred pages but I didn’t like it. Not enough to put the work into it to do the re-writes necessary to make it even remotely close to something that I could submit anywhere. There were so many issues about the story line that didn’t feel right. I was trying to stuff every story I’ve ever had into that one.
I did however have two people critique it and they both, more or less, said it could be a decent story with a lot of re-writing. That scared the **** out of me. Re-writing? How do I do that?
Well, the story sat in the dark for weeks, months, then years. Last year I began to throw away all the copies and notes I had, essentially giving up on it. I held the last piece of what came out of my soul, stood over the trash can, then dropped it in. About five minutes later I took it out of the trash and put it back in its notebook. What could it hurt to keep one copy?
Not too long after that I was telling my son about what I had tried to do and he became very upset with me. He said, “You”re always trying to tell us to follow our dreams, to never give up. You have to finish the story!”
Hmmmm…from the mouth of babes. Darn it, he was right. I knew at that moment that I would finish it someday. Then something amazing happened. I went back to twitter and lo and behold people were talking about something called Nanowrimo. I looked it up immediately. I could do this, I thought. I’d really only be accountable to myself, and of course to my son’s wishes.
Nanowrimo is officially known as National Novel Writing Month. It is a place where people like me can commit to writing 50,000 words in one month. It may not be novel length but it doesn’t matter. December is for editing and re-writing. It’s supposed to allow you the privilege of simply writing without too much thinking. To be free to get words out on paper. On the Nanowrimo site I can keep track of how much I write each day as well as find some very useful tools and fun stuff. I’ve heard that as time goes on, if you go with the flow, some amazing and wonderful things can happen like finding Nano buddies, people who are in this with me, cheerleaders who inspire and encourage each other. Of course we can do this writing marathon!
My first goal is to finish my 50,000 word count. My ultimate goal is finally write the story I’ve always wanted to write. There is something that needs to be said, to be written down and shared. Good or bad doesn’t scare me anymore, not writing it does. I’m using the vision I had for my main character all those years ago and starting fresh, which is also a requirement for Nanowrimo. It’s better not to be invested in previous work that could hinder the freeing process of Nanowrimo. I did get a chance to make some sketches of people, places, etc. so at least I have an idea of where I’m going, for now. The amazing part is that I think this time I might actually like my story.
So, hats off to all who are participating in this monumental writing process. Good luck!!