The NaNo Cometh

NaNo begins this week. Okay future participants, now is your cue to start freaking out.

Am I ready for NaNo? -ish. The outline is coming along and I’m solving plot point problems, but let’s face it. I need to get some serious plotting done if I want to be ready for Friday. I guess because it’s the end of the week that seems far enough away. Plus I’m trying to get some other goals accomplished before NaNo consumes everything.

But there’s something I’ve learned in prepping for NaNo, and that’s trust your creative brain. I worried a little about connecting some dots, but I kept that conundrum on the back burner and moved forward and things are starting to work out. I don’t know what it is about the blank page before me that makes me wonder if this is the one. You know, the time where you’ve finally run out of ideas. Where you won’t actually be able to pull a story off. End of the universe kind of stuff.

I think for us creative types, that’s just not going to happen, at least not permanently. Especially if you’re feeding your creativity constantly. (That’s where reading and watching and consuming other forms of media comes in handy. Blogging especially can spark creativity in unexpected ways).

So my small words of advice as NaNo approaches, is to prepare in your own best way, then trust your creativity. Let your muse run amok, send your editor on a cruise, and write. And if you reach November 1st and you’re a plotter and things aren’t quite there yet, don’t worry. Trust yourself. And trust that this is a first draft anyway. Let it be a land free of criticism and full of discovery. Just write. And enjoy it.

Are you ready for NaNo? Still doing last minute prep or waiting for that 12:00 a.m. November 1st moment? If you’re not doing NaNo, what will you be up to this November?

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14 thoughts on “The NaNo Cometh

  1. I’m definitely doing NaNo and will also be doing a midnight start. I have a vague plot, but that’s it really. I like that scary not knowing feeling during NaNo. Good Luck!

  2. I’m not doing NaNo, but these thoughts could be applied to any project. I definitely think the most scary thought is “Where you won’t actually be able to pull a story off.” I think one of the reasons I have a pantser side is because I can’t write from a structured plan, be that due to my characters running off track or because my ‘translations’ of the plan into prose don’t align. I kinda [I was in Uganda for the majority of it] did CampNaNo this year, where I’d planned WTCB2 more than I had for the first book, and, although I had a definite vision and outline of the plot, the finished first draft was completely different, having had so much more in terms of all characterisation, setting and plot enter my brain during the writing process. That seems to stimulate my ideas better than in planning mode.

    • Everybody’s different. But just so you know, at least for me, the outline isn’t hard and fast. It’s a guide or a roadmap. There’s still room to make side trips and try another route. I’m hoping if I’m not super happy with the outline I finish before Friday that the muse will lead me to a better place.

  3. Good luck with it! I’m not doing NaNo, but I agree with Miss Alexandrina that your thoughts work for any project. I’ve definitely found that blogging has sparked creativity in many unexpected ways.

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