Thursday, November 1, 2012
National Novel Writing Month
In my quest to write a novel in one school year, I have discovered the wonders of NaNo.
What is NaNo about, you ask?
It's writing a novel.
In one month.
50,000 words long.
NaNo is a pretty awesome opportunity for writers. It is a chance to loosen up and write down something that has not been thought through at all and will probably be the craziest thing you've ever written.
But that's okay. Aren't the most amazing things you've ever read also the craziest, most unique things you've ever read?
Come on, a guy living in a hole in a ground? That's a guy with no life, not a mobbit. Wait, a hobbit?
Kids killing kids? What kind of world is that? Do you actually think that anyone would read something that depressing?
A kid who goes to school at a magical wizard school? Excuse me, but do you think we're five year olds?
Imagination sometimes comes in a hurry. When you have a short span of time (like a month), your brain is pulling things out of the air. (Please imagine, for a moment, the time when you did not study for a test and in the last five minutes of exam time you wrote down whatever you could think of even though it didn't make complete sense).
About 100% percent of the time when you're writing your 50,000 NaNo words, whatever you write down is not perfect.
But it's probably good.
And there are a lot of people who worked with good and made awesome, right?
*cough cough J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Suzanne Collins cough cough*
There may be a future for your NaNo novel. But you have to make it.
P.S. I love the coffee cup on the NaNo emblem-thingy (because that's what NaNo is all about).