NaNoWriMo opens creative doors

This year I am writing a comedy for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for those of you who could have possibly missed what I am going on about, you can read about it here.

It is my sixth year doing NaNoWriMo and one of the things this challenge has thought me is typing. What ever comes out, write it down and eventually at the end of the month you have 50 000 words, perhaps not GETTING TO THE END, but close enough to see the finish line.

Another thing NaNoWriMo has thought me is that this month is a chance for me to experiment, writing in new genres or trying out new voices, because whatever happens at the end of the month, if I have reached 50 000 words I have won.

If by November 30, what I have written is utterly awful, I can put it in the bottom drawer and forget about it. My goal for the month is to write 50 000 words, not to write 50 000 words of the next best seller.

This mindset has helped me a lot and every November is now more liberating than before and, knock on wood, this strategy did finally paid off last year, when at the end of November I ended up with a story I didn’t hate. It wasn’t good. Far from, it has holes bigger than the Grand Canyon, but it is a novel good enough to not end up in the locked bottom drawer of failed novels.

This year, I am working on a comedy that so far is leaning more and more to drama than comedy. But we’ll see at the end where it ends up. I am at least confident that I will reach 50 000 words by the end of the month.

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