Something that I want to do with this blog is have a monthly theme or goal to achieve. I didn’t really have one through September as the blog was forming (if you don’t count BlogTember), and October had the unofficial theme of getting my life together and keeping up with school assignments. Not quite blogworthy.
For these goals/ themes, I want them to be something physical that can be tracked like completing BlogTember (oops), Getting-My-Life-Together-Tober (checking off assignments), and the plans I have for both November (the point of this post) and December (we’ll get to that next month). Maybe as we get into 2016 I’ll change that, and of course there will be other non-themed content on here, but but for now I think it would be a great addition to my blog. Also, it can function as a way to help me not only focus my content but keep me accountable with posting, not letting my content get boring or repetitive, and just a way of helping me achieve personal goals that I have for myself.
My November goal is to complete NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo (http://nanowrimo.org/) is National Novel Writing Month. Essentially it is a site that provides a forum for people to write a novel in a month. I found out about NaNoWriMo in my Creative Writing class in 2009. While I did not participate until 2011, I found it a great way to keep accountable and to provide a community and resources for writers.
The goal is 50,000 words in thirty days. I achieved that in 2011 although it did not end up being a complete novel.
My one issue with NaNoWriMo and the reason I have not been able to complete it since 2011 is that November is a horrible month for me. November 1st is my anniversary and (hello, writing this on November 2nd) that does not allow much leeway for writing on day one and so I’m always off to a shaky start. On top of that, I find that November is the busiest month for school. Everything is adding up and the work is piling on. And then there’s Christmas coming.
Ah yes, by the way- I am the queen of excuses.
I want to end that this year and not only complete NaNoWriMo as well as my other responsibilities but use this blog as a way to discuss and track my progress as I go. Maybe not daily updates as that can get redundant but maybe weekly roundups. I have a tumblr tag where I tracked my 2011 progress (and my 2012 and 2013 attempts) which you can see HERE.
That all being said, while NaNoWriMo is supposed to be getting a new novel out from start to finish (or 50,000 words closer to the finish) I don’t plan on doing that. Instead, I am starting a Word document and I’m going to write. Just not one cohesive novel.
As someone who has been writing stories since I was in the third grade I have numerous projects on the go. I am a chronic “starter” but not a great “finisher”. This year, I want to use NaNoWriMo to help me finish existing projects, or at least get them out of the depths of my Windows Vista computer and back into being actual works in progress.
The three main projects that I am going to work on are:
- Another Line. This is my Digimon FanFiction (haters gonna hate). I totally get and understand the disdain many people, notably writers have for the ol’ FF.net (I was one of those people for years). However, in 2010 I got a super sick idea and instead of making up my own characters to write a story that would maybe have a handful of readers, I used already made characters from my longest standing fandom and the fandom I was most involved in on Tumblr, and went for it. I have not updated for a year (yeah, I am one of those fanfiction writers) but my goal is to complete it by before November 24th, when Digimon Tri (a new series with the characters I used) comes out. Another Line is presently over 104,000 words and has 265 reviews. You can read it HERE.
- MHIM: I wrote a novel when I was thirteen in grade eight math class. This is that novel. The working title is an acronym of the original title and even though I’m not going to use that title, when you have over 100 files and have spent ten years with those four letters… it starts to stick. I wrote the first half on lined paper and then typed it up and finished it on my Windows 95 computer. I printed it out, bound it with glue and masking tape and made a cover from Christmas wrapping paper and a picture I found on DeviantArt. It is the first piece of writing I showed to people and as it made the rounds through my fellow grade eight girls, I even made a second copy to help lower the wait list. My ego was big that year. I even got a passage of it published in a competitive province wide magazine for high school students. Anyway, a lot has changed since then including (most notably and thankfully) my writing abilities and now I want to rewrite it (for about the eighteenth time) with the hopes of submitting it to SwoonReads. The version I have on my laptop is over 76,000 words. That’s a lot of freaking editing.
- Signed: My 2011 NaNoWriMo project. I’m not going to say much except that no one has read it yet and I’m pretty proud of it so far.
So that’s my November goal. I’m already a day behind but hopefully I can catch up and make serious progress! Fingers crossed!
Are you competing in NaNoWriMo? Have you ever done an “abridged” version like this? Let me know!
Thanks for reading!