I always dreamed to be a writer when I was little. It was my answer to everybody that asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up between middle school until late high school. (It was actually my third career choice, my first dream “job” was being an Eskimo).
Now I’m a bit far off from that path, but writing slowly for this blog brings me a bit closer to that dream. But I write sporadically and my backlog for new articles is getting full. Getting to it is always the hardest part. So I went on my way to subscribe to NaNoWriMo: the National Novel Writing Month!
In fact, I’m not writing a novel. But I joined anyway to prepare drafts and articles for this blog. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50000 words during November. For some people, it usually means drafting a novel, or a series of essays. For me the goal will be to add 50000 words to my blog (at least to write drafts.) And maybe toward the end I’ll write a few short stories if I have a good pace to try my hands at that kind of writing.
To help in this journey, you can join a local community of people writing their own things. I joined the one from Montréal (Canada, QC) to have a small community to share my achievements and my hardships.
50000 words in a month is a lot. To give some perspective, since I started this blog in 2018, I wrote around 20000 words and published around 12000 of them. So if I “win” NaNoWriMo this year, I’ll more than double what I did previously in approximately two years.
To write that much, I needed a plan. So I started by looking at my backlog of ideas and projects, ordering item, tagging them accordingly. As of today I have around 50 things I want to talk about during NaNoWrimo (and this article is the first one) including:
I am also hoping to nourish a habit of writing by pushing me to write every day for a month. For now I intend to write 30 minutes in the morning before work, 30 minutes for my lunch break and 30 minutes or more in the evening. The evening is a bit harder to plan for me but I should be able to at least get a good hour of writing every day.
I know already that a few obstacles are coming ahead:
NaNoWriMo started November first, this was the first article of a hopefully long series! I’m looking forward for this month and I really like the idea of bursting through a short period of time, with the help and motivation of the community.
If you ever dreamed of writing, be it for a novel, a blog, poetry… or anything really, join me :)
While daydreaming about how I would go on about doing NaNoWrimo and my old dreams of being a writer, I found a couple interesting link for writing:
But in general, writing a lot is beneficial compared to writing very little when you want to improve your writing.
I put in my NaNoWriMo profile that one of my all-time favourite books was Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. But to add it to my list, I had to find the title in English and it’s a lot different than in French. I spent some time in the Wikipedia page for it to try to understand why and discovered that one of the major sources of inspiration for this trilogy was John Milton’s Paradise Lost. I have reserved a copy already from my local library, I’ll have it in 10 days :) I still don’t have a good idea for why the name is quite different from one language to another, though :/