The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. – Neil Gaiman
I wasn’t planning on trying to write a fifty thousand word novel this November. I was planning on finishing a short story this month.
Then on Halloween I realized that I absolutely hated the story, the idea, and everything about that story.
If it hadn’t been being written on my computer I think that I might have thrown it across the room, but if you are writing on something as expensive as a computer it is generally consider a good idea not to throw it across the room.
So, I put the story away for that evening trying to persuade myself that I just felt that way about the story because I was tired and I was almost to the half way point on the story and that I always hate my stories about that point.
Then November 1 arrived. NaNoWriMo had begun.
And I was busy with school and homework.
I wasn’t really able to think about NaNoWriMo at all until the evening, and when I did I realized that I still hated that story I had been planning on working on. I didn’t want to be any where near that story ever again if I could possibly help it.
Then I remembered this super random idea that I had had a few days before.
There were very, very, very few details for it.
All I knew was some of the premise.
I didn’t have a plot or characters or anything really.
And yet on November 1 I suddenly had a strange and compelling urge to try and use that to write a fifty thousand word novel.
I realized then that this was not a good idea. I had way too much going on. I had really no idea of what I was writing. This would only make me more stressed.
So, I did the sensible thing and told my mom what I was considering and told her to tell me that this was an absolutely terrible idea. That I didn’t have the time to do this.
Well, I’m writing a fifty thousand word novel this month even though I have almost no idea of what I’m writing it about, so you can see how well my mom persuaded me not to do it.
This will be the fourth time that I have competed in NaNoWriMo and certainly the strangest. Although, last Camp WriMo could compete with it since I ended up restarting completely about day ten.
The moral of this story is: Be careful about deciding to compete in NaNoWriMo. Once you have done it once it can make you want to do it again even if you were not planning to.
I’ll still be trying to post regularly this month, but my posts may be shorter since I am trying to write so much this month.
Reading back through this I realized that I never explain what NaNoWriMo is, but if you don’t know it will only take a little bit of searching to find out.
Well, that’s all for now, I have a novel to write…