Nat S Ford (natf) wrote,
Nat S Ford

"My Dear John Letter to NaNoWriMo"

Maggie says what I have been thinking in some nebulous and not-able-to-be-worded-by-me fashion. I was getting around to trying to put these thoughts into words but she has done that for me!

Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater - My Dear John Letter to NaNoWriMo

My comment/reply:

In writing this you have expressed how I have come to feel about NaNoWriMo and even IndyWriMo in the last week. Then again, at least Indy says you can write fiction, non-fiction, more than one story/book/project within your 30k per month. Maybe if I try Indy again and don't try to only stick to one project/story, I will be able to make it work. I am contemplating doing it as weblit or crowdfunded LiveJournalling/blogging.

I am hoping that I can build some kind of natnowrimos format/structure that will work for me. Something pretty vague to account for the vagaries of health and other real-world interferences. Maybe something like;

"Write 1-x000 words per day be they on your main novel project, short stories, poetry, drabbles, haikus, fiction, non-fiction, LiveJournal posts or long emails. Include anything that you write in Scrivener, GMail, LiveJournal, your Moleskine, on a napkin - anywhere, just write."

Maybe then I can get back to where I was at university and before when there was always a notebook and pen to hand and I wrote pages and pages per day. I know that these days I actually find writing on a keyboard easier and faster - but even then too slow to keep up with my mind1 - than writing with a pen on paper. Sadly I have to work with the available tools and, if no keyboard is available and a plot-kitten pounces (or memoir-kitten, of course), then I should stop what I am doing (if feasible) and write it down. I know that I will not remember the kitten's pounce-reason within a few minutes. Write it down. Now.

Edited to add: I have found doing NaNo/Indy WriNo useful, though, because it has taught me a lot about how I write, how I don't write, why I write, why I don't write and other writing process truths about myself. I have also started to read more, both online and, for the first time in a few years, dead-tree books. I am glad that I started NaNo/Indy this year. Given my newly emerging Writing Mission Statement, above, I may even pick up my memoir that has been languishing since NaNo 2005 (another no-win).

What do you think?

1 I *need* someone to invent a thought dictation and transcription device. NOW!

/ 30,000 words for IndyWriMo
Chart of my Nov '09 IndyWriMo Progress

crossposted to natf and natnowrimos
Tags: indywrimo, nanowrimo, natnowrimos, writing

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