October 1st is pretty much done. I have decided that I am going to give NaBloPoMo another go. Next month is NaNoWriMo (which by the way, every time I write either of those I feel like I’m taunting you with the age old “na na na boo boo” and I promise I’m not) which means I’m going to be submitting myself to the annual masochistic ritual of trying to write a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. It’s something I actually look forward to every year since I discovered it. This year will be my third year and hopefully my second win.
It’s probably my most favorite thing about Fall. October is prep month – outlines, character sketches, tons of post it notes and journals filled with questions and ideas. I love it. Until I start writing that is. Then I hate it and totally start from scratch.
At least I know that my Caramel Vanilla Creme coffee will keep me adequately caffeinated as I attempt to work my way through both this month of “warm up” and next month’s actual writing blitz.
For those who don’t know about either of these two writing events, I know I have written about them in the past but I will gladly re-cap because if you want to join, you should. The more the merrier! I also know that I enjoy the personal challenge of trying to accomplish something that I truly enjoy doing. Yes, it really is all about me.
Let’s start with NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. It started out as just one month of posting a blog post every day for an entire month but us bloggers, we liked it so much that the creators of the great idea decided it do it every month. You can read more about it here and sign up for it today! If not this month, come back another month and give it a go. It’s not monitored. It’s kind of a personal goal and I can say that the first month I actually did it, I felt pretty awesome. At first you think, 30 days (or 31 in this month’s case) is nothing. You start out strong and the first week goes by no problem. You move into the second week and you’re like ok, this is still working out. Then the third week, you find that the prompts are pretty vital to creating new content because you start to feel a little narcissistic. By the fourth week, the end of the month can’t come soon enough. I was amazed that those were the emotions I went through. I hope that this month is going to be a little different. I know some people plan out their content. I usually don’t do that because every day, I feel something different and that affects what I feel like writing about. We’ll see how I feel about this plan as the month goes by.
In November, NaNoWriMo begins. National Novel Writing Month is simply 50,000 words in 30 days. It averages to about 1700 words a day. It’s not that bad if you have a good plan and stick with it. There is no editing. There is no revising. It is just getting words on paper, or on virtual paper if you will. I love it. I don’t love the months after where you have go through and reconcile things that you wrote down on page 38 with something you wrote on page 155. That is not fun. That is when you wish you had a real editor to help make sure that you have good continuity and didn’t miss one small word that you changed on one page but forgot to change on another and it ends up changing the whole meaning of everything. I’m still working on last year’s NaNo novel’s revisions. It’s taking some time because as I was revising one chapter, I realized that I needed an important piece of the puzzle changed. That then led to three new chapters being added. Nothing wrong with that, just a part of the process. Did I mention that I love it. I’m almost to the point where I’m going to need some friendly “proofreaders” to go through and just read it for me and point out any issues. Just something to keep in mind.
So yes, Fall is wonderful for apple picking, pumpkin picking, Halloween (the greatest holiday ever), cool days, crisp blue skies, sweaters, frosty mornings, warm cups of coffee…it’s really the perfect time to sit down and start writing. But in my case, it’s time to start seriously writing. I cannot wait!
This post is part of the October NaBloPoMo. The theme this month is Fall (how apropos). Check out the other great blogs participating in this month’s blogging blitz.