Because I can’t help but punish myself, I’ve decided to join the NaNoWriMo challenge, which consists of writing a 50,000 word count novel in 30 days. I’m a commitment phobe, so this shall be very interesting to see if I’ll be successful in completing this writing challenge.
Who am I kidding? I won’t allow myself to fail (blame it on my inner nerd hee hee). Sure, it’ll be stressful some days, but ultimately it’s all about having fun. I’m doing NaNoWriMo with Robin and Melissa–this is our first time doing it, so we’ll keep each other on track. We’ll meet at least twice a week and keep communications going through email.
My schedule will be writing in the mornings before work at the library, cafe, and/or train station (good luck with that because I’m not a morning person). I got this! If I say it enough times, then eventually I’ll believe it. I like to do research before I attempt anything new, so I also know that:
- 1st week–fun and motivated to write
- 2nd week–very stressful, will want to pull my hair out, will want to quit
- 3rd week–will probably slack off (a procrastinator’s dream) if haven’t quit yet
- 4th week–back on track rushing to get word count high enough
For me, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, so I’m enjoying my last day of freedom. This weekend I already drew my character sketches and made a plot outline.
I figure it’d be a great opportunity to try a genre I’ve never written in before (to keep in the fun spirit). I loved Harper’s Island and all the Scream movies, therefore, I’m trying my hand in mystery/suspense. It’ll also have my family drama elements I like to focus on–a family tragic event in the past leads up to a group of friends being stalked in a cabin at the woods. Dun, dun, dun…. To show my commitment, I’ve already come up with a potential title: One By One.
Yes, this storyline has been done before, but I want to see what I can come up with. I already know the killers, the order in which the victims die. Now, I just gotta see if I can stick to my plot outline; rough drafts are meant for experimentation. I’m still debating if I want it to be a mystery where climax isn’t until readers and characters find out at same time who’s been terrorizing them. Or a suspense where readers know, but the characters are left in the dark. I think suspense would cause readers to have a sit-on-edge-of-their-seat reaction, worrying about the characters’ safety.
Wish me luck! I have a feeling that I’ll need it!
For any writers who’s ever participated in NaNoWriMo, do you have any tips for me and my writing buddies? Or would you like to share your 30 day writing challenge experience?