Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo round six with a few insecurities!

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As I sat down to begin this year’s NaNoWriMo (where a bunch of writers around the world write 50000 words in 30 days) the usual excitement hit me along with several insecurities.
What if this one doesn’t actually have a compelling story?
What if I don't have time to get the 50000 words written this time (life has been hectic)?

What if no one wants to read more of my style of writing?
What if... what if ... what if ... what if ... 
I don't even know the plot yet - just a simple idea and a character. By the first day of November, I usually have an outline of sorts (a pantser’s outline I call it)
But I began anyway. And here we are on day five and I’m on target. 
I don't know if this story will be worthwhile revising and editing. I don't know if it will be worth anything. But I guess I will just have to keep writing about the girl named Kaitlyn who has been known as Lynnie all her life and now wants everyone to all her Kate because she's hoping to win a competition that will make her the face of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. 
I really wanted to write this one in verse. But I find writing fast too hard to do in verse so it's back in normal prose. Perhaps when I revise it I might have a go at working it into verse.
What I do know is that I have done this crazy thing of writing 50000 words in 30 days five times so I know I can win. I just hope the full story comes to me soon. 


  1. We can what if ourselves into paralysis. Try to put aside the what ifs and just do what you love - write!

  2. Hi there! Participating in that event has already taken you a step further. I understand about the what ifs. Yay that you're on track on Day 5. Lots of luck to you!

  3. Nice job, staying on target! Sometimes writing without a plan can be exhilarting, right? It's such a time of discovery and trying new things without limitations, something only to be felt once before your knee deep in revising. Best of luck!

  4. Lovely to meet you fellow Queenslander. I didn't get started on NaNo till 5th and am limping along looking for a full day of writing to catch up. My sixth year. All the best with yours.
    Greetings from Brisbane, home of the G20 lockdown. :)

  5. Cool you're on track! Don't worry about the verse - just keep writing.


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