I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year with the intention of getting the original story I have been craving to write for almost two years out of my system — or, at least, on paper and out of my head. That sounds a little more polite, doesn’t it?
The problem is: I’m more afraid of writing it than I am motivated to write it. I’m sure a lot of people out there can relate — or I hope they can. I may just be a little weird …
This year, I’m busier than I have been previously. I don’t expect myself to be writing every day. But I think if I write my story and I get it down on paper and not shelve it again, that’s something. Right? I think so. I haven’t written anything original in a long time, so I think the commitment and the fact I want to is good. It’s good enough for me, and isn’t this writing challenge all about doing what you want to do?
So, I’ve chosen to commit myself to a few things this coming November.
- There is no try, but only do.
- I will not give up.
- I will write every day, even if it isn’t a part of my story, as every word and every thought counts.
- I will not be afraid.
- I will write for myself.
- I will update this blog with my progress in the hope that it inspires others like me to keep on writing when everything feels bleak.
- I will express on my Twitter how much I regret my life choices.
- I will listen to an embarrassingly large amount of Britney Spears to get through this.
My idea right now involves:
- The number three.
- Lots and lots of water.
- The Lost City of Atlantis.
- Subverting the Chosen One trope.
- Greek mythology.
- Ancient Roman names.
- Empathetic villains.
- Hateful protagonists.
- Sea slugs.
I may or may not be kidding on that last one.
If you want to add a cooky stranger on NaNo, I’m bluesunsets! I keep thinking about changing my name, but it’s the writing and not the username that matters most to me. Add me and I’ll add you back — and, hey, maybe we’ll be able to slay this beast together this November?