I should’ve actually titled this post “NaNoWriMo: I’m maybe tentatively doing it, but super worried I’m going to fail, plus idk what to write, and also, a tag” but that is kind of a mouthful and way too long to fit onto a featured image graphic. However, it is true! I am tentatively participating in NaNoWriMo yet again! For today’s post, I’m doing a tag that I’m borrowing from Sophie’s Corner.
What is your NaNoWriMo WIP?
This is…probably more complicated of a question than it should be. I’m still not totally sure if I want to write what I’ve started to write. Last year for NaNo, I started a novel that on the blog I’ve been calling Queer Bookish Novel, about a girl whose friend dies by suicide, there’s a book con where she meets her favorite writer and they possibly have a romance, and she enters a writing contest to distract herself from her grief. I was really passionate about this WIP when I first started it, and looking back, the writing is not actually as terrible as I thought, but I feel like this book could also be fluffier and not have death and grief. However, I’m also thinking about just writing the depressing version for myself to deal with some *things* like the death of one of my own friends a few years ago, and then write the fluffy version later.
However, I also have two other shiny new ideas that I’m more excited about and want to write and plan. If I’d decided sooner to do NaNo and committed to it sooner, I probably would’ve spent October outlining one or both ideas. So I may also try doing that if I give up on Queer Bookish Novel.
Oh, and here’s the very bisexual colored aesthetic for Queer Bookish Novel:
I’m also debating making all the characters non-cis males. But that would probably come in a later draft.
I’m also debating completely abandoning this WIP but I feel like it’s a story that I have to write whether I want to or not. So we’ll see.
WHAT STAGE IS YOUR WIP IN? (FIRST DRAFT, SECOND DRAFT, THIRD DRAFT, EDITING, BETAS, ETC.)
Technically I’m still in first draft stage, though I am rewriting the first half before I go on to the second 25,000 words.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? (MONTHLY, WORD COUNT GOALS, ETC)
Since I still feel like I haven’t decided if I’m sticking with this WIP, I’m not sure. I guess my main goal is to write more, and then maybe plan/play with/explore my two other novel ideas. If I stick with this WIP, I’d like to get to 50,000 words, even though I think my actual novel will be longer than that.
DO YOU HAVE REWARDS FOR MEETING CERTAIN NANOWRIMO GOALS?
I feel like I should, because I am a person who responds well to positive reinforcement, but I am also trying to budget better and spend significantly less this month. So I may plan my rewards out but actually reward myself when I am in a better financial state.
ARE YOU IN A NANOWRIMO CABIN OR HAVE NANOWRIMO BUDDIES?
Not officially, but at least two people have said that they will cheer me on, which is lovely! Thank you Aurora Libralis and Marie of Drizzle & Hurricane Books!!
HAVE YOU DONE NANOWRIMO IN THE PAST (NOVEMBER AND OTHERWISE)? HOW DID IT GO?
Yes. In 2016, I did Camp NaNoWriMo with a goal of 25,000 words and met the goal. Last November, I did regular WriMo and got to 25,000 words as well. It seems like my pattern is getting halfway through a novel and then abandoning it because I don’t know where it goes.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS YEAR’S NANOWRIMO?
- Actually writing again–I haven’t written in a whole year
- Potentially exploring exciting new ideas
- Writing enough that I can write blog posts about writing
- Being creative on a daily basis
- Using my bullet journal to help my writing (there will be future posts on this!)
WHAT IS YOUR #1 ADVICE FOR PEOPLE DOING NANOWRIMO?
Um…I probably shouldn’t be giving advice about NaNoWriMo because I’ve never won official NaNo. But…I guess I’d say to just write as much as you can and have fun and not stress too much about the actual word count. I feel like the main goal of NaNo is just writing a lot and getting into the habit of writing a lot, so even if you don’t win the word count goal, you still win!