Is that even a thing? Wishing someone a happy NaNo? People say, “Happy Halloween!” and “Happy New’s Year Day!” so I assume this greeting works too.
I’m doing National Novel Writing Month. As usual.
What’s not usual about my novel is that it’s, um, well, not a novel.
My goal is five thousand words. I’m writing a short story.
There are two reasons for this:
+ Time. I just don’t have as much as I used to. I have schoolwork, college homework, college housing stuff/essay applications/et cetera, academic superbowl studying, a job, and chores. Oh, and I want to be able to keep reading and blogging throughout November. Therefore, 50,000 words is out of the question.
+ Motivation. I haven’t written any new fiction since the beginning of September; all my story-writing (versus essays and blog posts) has been in the form of revising some stories I wrote this spring and summer. Sure, I’ve had some good story ideas, but I just scribbled a few sentences about each one so I wouldn’t forget. I haven’t actually started to write any of those stories, though. I’ve been in a fiction-writing slump lately and can’t manage 5oK words – but I do need a kick in the pants to write something, so I’m going to write a short story. Five thousand words will be enough of a struggle.
So yeah, I’ve seen kindergartners on the Young Writers Program with higher wordcount goals than mine. So what? They probably have more time… I’m pretty sure kindergarten homework involves, like, coloring pages and not conjugating Spanish verbs and making graphs and all that fun stuff.
What am I writing about?
Um. Well. I have a general idea – but to tell the truth, I find myself doing less and less planning each NaNo, so my finished product will probably be quite different from my current story idea.
But anyway, I’m writing about… THE END OF THE WORLD! Because I’m cheerful like that. Basically my story is about nuclear accidents and war and children trying to survive on their own and stuff like that. I don’t want it to be too sad, though, so there’ll be jokes and stuff.
And I might add in a romance between two girls (because they’re so much fun to write!), but only if it fits into the story and isn’t extraneous. (I hate stories that have romance thrown into them for no real reason.) I might also delete the romance bit if I simply don’t have enough time to develop it because let’s face it, five thousand words doesn’t give me much time in which to build a story.
So, that’s what I’m going to work on this month. My story still doesn’t have a title and I know the name of only one of the two protagonists*, but oh well. I’ll figure things out.
*She’s named Gemma, because I’ve liked that name ever since I read A Strange and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and I wanted to give one of my characters that name.
Well, that’s basically all I have to tell you today. I mean, I’m definitely happy that it’s NaNoWriMo, but I’m quite relaxed about it compared to how I have been in years past. For heaven’s sake, this morning I woke up thinking not, “OMG, NaNoWriMo starts today!” but “OMG, the Doctor Who finale is today!” Oh, well. Different priorities now, I guess.
And now I’m rambling, so I bid you GOODNIGHT. And don’t let the plot bunnies bite!