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Friday, 6 November 2015

LIFESTYLE | THE NANOWRIMO CHALLENGE

I've always been a writer. 

I've always written stories - stories about me, my friends and my favourite popstars *ahem* Busted *ahem* taking on evil fluffy white hypnotic dragons (don't ask) as I grew up, short romance fiction as I became a teenager and finally now, as a (sort of) adult, I'm working on my first novel. 

I've been working on my first novel for about three years now and have yet to get past the fifth chapter. I don't know why it's taken me so long, but I do know why I refuse to give up - because in my mind I know that it's an original and unique story that would work, because I have some fab ideas to go along with promoting it (and a soundtrack in mind for when it becomes a movie) and, finally, because deep down I know I have talent. 

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But writing can be hard and it's so easy to run out of steam or end up with writers block. Therefore, when my blogging buddy Bex suggested (okay, maybe forced a little) taking part in NaNoWriMo, which refers to National Writing Month. 

It's a fab way to get people inspired and writing again and involves signing up with the challenge to write 50,000 words by the time the month is over. I'd actually heard about this years back, but never in time to actually sign up. 

So together, myself and Bex took the plunge and agreed to help motivate each other. 

And it has been really inspiring. The thought of forcing yourself to write when you have no motivation whatsoever might seem like hell to you but I found it really helpful. Even if what I wrote was a load of crap, the fact that I'd put pen to paper (or rather fingers to buttons) to write even just a small paragraph one day made me just that step closer to finishing my novel. 

On top of that, the website has tons of free resources to help guide you on your writing challenge and even issues a 'what now' guide for when the month is up, you have a masterpiece in your hands...and have no idea how to get it published or where to go from there. 

Personally, I have a lot of great ideas for my little zombie-come-chick-lit-love-story book, which I already know hasn't been done before. And I suppose recently, what with looking at it with a more professional head, I've been less inclined to keep it secret and have been happy to blab about it and let people have a nosy. So if you want to have a mooch, do let me know. 

If you want to write a novel, no matter what stage you're at - even if your story is still in your head right now - I'd completely recommended NaNoWriMo. You won't be disappointed and you WILL end up motivated.

I'm currently on 10,849 words so far - wish me luck!

Have you signed up for NaNoWriMo this year? If so, drop your username bellow and we can become buddies! Just click here to see my profile and add me! 

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2 comments:

  1. I did NaNo last year - it was a lot of work but felt really great at the end (and only partly because my colleague made me a cake to celebrate). Good luck! x

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    1. Thanks! There's the possibility of cake being involved..? Why didn't I make Bex promise to make me cake at the end too dammi?! Haha x

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