Friday 26 October 2012


On the first of November I will be participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo also known as national novel writing month. This will be the first year I am participating and I am very excited. Generic-180x180

I have never successfully written a story, mostly because my inner perfectionist always takes over and makes me rewrite the first few lines or pages until she thinks they are perfect. This of course is never which takes away all my motivation to continue beyond this beginning phase of only a few pages.

I have great hopes for November since the idea is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I will just have to force myself to write without editing or worse, starting from scratch every time my inner perfectionist takes over.

50,000 Words a month is roughly 1,667 words a day. I am a bit afraid of such a big number, because my blog post usually are around 200 words max. That's roughly (very roughly) eight times less than the daily word quota.

I found out about NaNoWriMo about 2 years ago back in December of 2010, a bit too late to participate that year. At that point I decided this would be something I would want to do in 2011 but you have guessed it, I totally forgot all about it. I did however remember it in mid November once again to late. Luckily this year I remembered it on October 24th.

With just 7 days left and no knowledge about writing a novel I had to get my hand on some information to help me along this month. I have already found some great tips on writing a novel in 30 days on YouTube and got some great advice from the Dutch NaNoWriMo forum, But I am still a bit scared I will not make it.

Yesterday morning, when I went to the Hema to get some coffee, I sat down with my little notebook to come up with at least the main character. Coming up with a main character turned out to be hard enough for me. I don't want him/her to be to normal but I also don't want him/her to be to fictional and unreal. I guess there is still a lot of research for me to do so I’ll be as prepared as humanly possible in such a short time.

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo let me know! Did you notice that this post is longer than my usual posts? I was practicing writing a lot of words in a day.


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