a special version of NaNoWriMo
Though I’ve never actually participated in a NaNoWriMo, I’ve always loved the idea of it.
For those that need some context, National Novel Writing Month is an annual creative writing project:
• 50,000 words in a month.
• Writing every day.
• Getting your novel out of your brain and down on paper.
Thanks to one Stephanie Cleary, I’ve reinvigorated my love of writing, and though I don’t know about a novel inside, I know I need to honor this creative impulse. So I’m (of course) twisting it into something I love and might actually follow through on.
I’ll be using “Story-matic” cards for prompts - one character, one situation/context.
From there, I write for a solid ten minutes.
Here’s the thing I want to make sure is clear:
I preach the ‘walk the messy walk and break out of the insta-veneer’ and now I’m not just talking, I’m walking.
These pieces are not finished.
They’re not meant to be ‘good.’
They’re not being published as an example of my writing for pitches nor should they be used as a measure of my writing worth (and that’s another conversation for another time…).
What they are, is a process.
And hopefully going to strengthen my writing practice.
Here’s to 30 days of going out of a limb.