September is almost through (as hard as that is to believe), and that means we’re just a month and a few days away from NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, 2017. I’ve participated for almost the last decade, but I’ve never won. The closest I’ve come is about halfway four years ago. The last three years have been terrible, as I keep changing my mind about topics during the event itself.
So, I’m trying something new this year. Or, rather, several things.
First, I’m going to outline my story. I’m going to do a fanfiction again this year. Mainly because my original ideas are not solidified enough to even have a chance of success. Maybe next year. I’ve never outlined a story in my life, but I’m going to do it this year. I’m going to have it done before Nov 1 rolls around so that when it does, I can get started writing right away.
Second, I’m going to post it on this website and FFnet, as it is written. If there is pressure from people reading it, expectations to meet, I’m more likely to actually do it.
Third, I’m going to take part in the writing sprints that happen on Twitter, something I haven’t done since the year I was almost halfway successful.
I also want to write about the experience. It’s been almost a year since I’ve written substantially (as in anything other than a cheap one-shot), so I want to prove to myself that I can still write and publish like I did so much while Castle was on the air. Since that show has ended, I’ve lost the mojo to write fanfic, and I want that back. Hopefully, that will get me back in the mood to write professionally for money.
So that’s the news. If you want to participate in NaNoWriMo, you can find out more information here. It’s a great program, even when you don’t succeed. Writing is a delight and the more people who do it, the better the world is, in my opinion.