So whilst the other day I was bemoaning the complete lack of Mojo that appears to have become the cloud under I which host my miserable existence, (Exaggerated much?) I’ve also got all inspired and did this.
As you do.
(For those unawares, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writers Month, and is designed to encourage anyone who as ever thought about writing a book, to try to bash out 50 000 words in 30 days.)
I’ve been thinking about it for a little while. I’ve got the story in my head, and have done for ‘the ages!’ (as my kids would say), but it’s been a matter of time. Or rather lack thereof. Because sitting down to write the next best-selling novel (ha!) is not something that generally falls on to my daily to do list, unfortunately. And whilst I don’t see any particular change coming in the next month, time wise, I’ve decided that motivation (and a good firm kick up the butt) is all the incentive I need.
The reason for joining this year are threefold (aren’t all good reasons?)
One: Like I said, I have the story, and the story needs to be told. I’ve had parts of this one for 13 years, and finally, I can see how the rest of it is finally going to unfold. Not entirely, but enough that I know it has to be written, if just so I know how it’s going to end.
Two: I have the songs. I’m always inspired by music with writing, and this time is no different. I’ve got the one liners coming out of my ears and they are constantly stirring my inner writer. Lines like:
“What you feel is what you are, and what you are is beautiful.” -Slide, Goo Goo dolls
“Did you fall for a shooting star? One without a permanent scar, and did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?” – Drops of Jupiter, Train
“It’s hard to dance, with the devil on your back” -Shake it Out, Florence and the Machine”
“Cause when a heart breaks, no it don’t break even.” -Breakeven, The Script
“All of these things, I’ve held up in vain, no reason no rhyme, just the scars that remain.” -Much Afraid, Jars of Clay
“‘Cos I’ve been counting on nothing
But he keeps giving me his word
And I am tired of hearing myself speak
Do you ever get weary? Do you ever get weak?
How do you dream when you can’t fall asleep?” -Scratch, Kendall Payne
Three: I’ve got the story. And yes, I’ve already said that, but the writers amongst you will know that when a story needs to be told, it needs to be told and that, right there, is reason enough.
Plus add to that, every year I see all these other writers giving their Nano updates and I wanna play along too. Because they’re all like “Today I wrote 1500 words and it was fantastic!’
And I’m all like, ‘Well I’ve got a really good idea….” And basically end up looking like this kid.
Sad and alone with significantly less than 1500 words, and all my inspirational songs on repeat, taunting me every five minutes.
But not this year!
I’m biting the bullet. I’ve created the most dodgy novel synopsis thing ever (writing a book is, I’m sure going to be so much easier), I’ve got my badge on my sidebar, and my inspiration on repeat, and I’m totally planning on abusing the #nanowrimo14 hashtag every day with all of my implied awesomeness. (Implied because unless you care about writing books, you will probably just think I’m insane.)
Now all I need to do is try to keep this inspiring momentum for the next 14 days.
Have you ever considered joining NaNoWriMo?
What story inside you needs to be told?