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Nanowrimo, the perfect distraction for November

Date: 2020-10-10

I have to say, I am a fan of Nanowrimo, even though I have never finished it. Ocassionally started it, with one or two idea in my mind, but I after 3-4 days I just couldn't continue. But the idea, that you have a month to write a novel - no matter how good or bad it is - is just inspiring.

It's easy to start: you register on the website, fill out your information, and wait for November 1st to come and start to write.

Or you can sit down and write down some ideas. The rules allow drafting storylines, characters, etc, just not writing your novel. The aim is 50,000 words in a month.

I always went into this with the number in my mind, the daily is about 1667 words. And that probably caused me a lot of problem in my mind. Usually at the end of the first few days I was already in deficit, and in my mind, giving up was the only solution. I lived for the number, not the writing.

So this year, I finally change my goal. First of all prepare for the November start with a little bit of drafting. Collect ideas and choose what seems to be the most fun to write! Then write more ideas about storylines, characters, etc. for that story, so when Nano starts, I can sit down calmly and start to write the novel.

And write it without paying attention to the numbers. Just for fun. If something good comes out of it, then it's good, if not, at least I tried.

I feel though that I have mostly ideas, but I don't know how to make it really work, or make it interesting. I already have some ideas from last night, but I have to be careful not to fall in love with any of them too much.

I also think this November will be crazy for a lot of people, so it's an excellent distraction, going somewhere else, be somebody else.

Just have fun!

This post is day 73 of the #100DaysToOffload project. I am really close to finish, so the next 27 days I will write something every day!

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