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
This was the fourth year that I have done NaNoWriMo.
I still find it challenging and fun.
This year though I ended up approaching it a bit differently.
Actually, I was not planning to do it at all. Normally on November 1st I have a basic idea of the plot and a pretty good idea about all of the characters.
So, when I get there I already know basically where I am going, but I still have quite a bit of room to be flexible.
And I like that approach.
But this year I did not plan.
Not at all.
So on November 1st I sat down in the evening. All day I had been trying to persuade myself that I did not have the time to do this, but the irrational side of me kept whispering how fun NaNoWriMo is and how it would be so nice to have the extremely vague idea (almost entirely stolen from a published book) written down.
In the end I succumbed to the siren of NaNoWriMo.
I did not think that I would be able to get fifty thousand words. I was actually kind of mad at myself for doing it since I had not taken the time to plan.
However now looking back on it, I am so glad that I did.
This NaNoWriMo challenged me in a different way than any other before it.
It taught me that even if I do not plan I can still write things, and that sometimes not planning leads me to different stories that I never would have written if I had planned.
It so freeing to just write.
If I wanted to randomly have a shape-shifting cat secretly helping the main character I could.
If I wanted to make one of the people that was supposed to be good the villain I could do that too.
And I was not spoiling my plot.
Now, I am really not sure how my story from NaNoWriMo turned out since I am slightly worried about looking at it because I have no idea exactly what craziness came out of my brain last month.
However, it was amazing and freeing just to write like that.
It may not be something that I will do again, but I think that it was good for me to realize that everything does not have to be planned ahead.
How did your NaNoWriMo go? Did it go the way that you planned?