#NaNoWriMo2014 people! DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?!
I love stories. Love starting them, thinking about them, putting them away in drawers, and…never letting them see the light of day again. Starting a story is fun – you get a spark of imagination, you take off with it, careening violently, till you crash into a plot point, or get bored, or think of another omigoshsoawesome story idea, and…you get the picture. But ending a story is always difficult for me; as I tend to work by the seat of my pants, I never have an end goal for the characters to get to, which means I never really know where they will end up.
I did National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) four years ago, but I was sooooooooo pregnant I was only about to muddle through 12K words or so in the month – still a great accomplishment, but far shy of the 50K #NaNoWriMo asks. And after that I got so busy with the kid, and then grad school, that I put the idea of doing the challenge out of mind.
However, I’ve taken this semester off from studies as we’re ramping up the kid’s speech therapy and developmental interventions, so I had a chunk of ‘sit down and write’ time free. And Bloomsbury’s Writers and Artists site have been kind enough to ask me to blog my experience during #NaNoWriMo2014. I’ll be introducing myself on their site in about a week, and then I’ll have weekly recaps and word counts (only 12,500 words a week…no pressure), and of course I’ll be linking here to the gadgets and crap keeping me compos mentis through the whole procedure. Current I’m-really-happy-this-is-in-my-life gadget is the NoteShel.
NoteShel is a neat little stationary tool. A refillable case for Post-It Notes, it’s book structure with magnetic clasp means inspiration can strike without you worrying about your notebook being ripped to shreds, and the accompanying ballpoint pen is an all-in-one solution for scribbling on the go.
And unlike other jotters (*cough* I love you but I’m looking at you, Aspinal of London *cough*), the inserts in this case are much cheaper to replace. I’ve already turned my conference wall into a storyboard with these bad boys, and I didn’t have to fish them out of the depths of my bag, wipe the Cheerios debris off them first, and then faff about trying to find a bloody pen. Just pop it open and go.
Check them out on twitter, and follow them on facebook where they are currently holding a giveaway for a free NoteShel!
The next few days are going to be a bit of a whirlwind, what with plotting the book out and fleshing out characters, but I have to say, I’m kind of excited to see what I’m capable of creativity-wise. The last two years have been almost all academia, and yes, I actually enjoy writing 25 page papers every 9 weeks, but there’s something to be said for being a bit silly and letting the story go where it will. If you’re doing #NaNoWriMo2014, let me know here or on twitter, and if you’re in the London area, hell, let’s meet at a coffeehouse somewhere in town with folk and bash away on our computers in frustrated silence because OMG DOESN’T THAT SOUND SO FUN?
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