Yes, yes, I know love. I’m sorry.
Yeah, I know Benny. I really should. But give me a bit of time to post this huge lesson that I learned from today.
To be honest, I wasn’t planning of joining NaNoWriMo this year but a friend of mine from my Facebook account told me that I should. Because I’m a bit of an impulsive person, I did, not knowing that I still have to think of a story to write.
So, I just started writing today.
I was at war of two stories that I have in my head. One is a story that has magicians and circus in it (I think it’s interesting), however I don’t have enough time to do research about it. I do know Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus but I haven’t read that yet. Also, I don’t have a copy of my own to read it too. I should add that to my books-to-collect.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
With that, I decided to go onto my next story that I have in mind. It’s not an original story unlike the first that I have in mind, but I still like the idea. It’s actually a fanfic based on an RP (roleplay, if ever you don’t know but I’m pretty sure it’s obvious) that I did with a dear friend of mine. Since we left it off in a tragedy, I want the two muses to find each other again and have a happy ending.
And since I already have a grasp of characters in there, I think it’ll be much more easy for me to start without any worries. I already have a draft going so hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up.
I know that I should worry about the word count now since it’s already Day 3 but I like working on my own pace. I’ll try that first and if ever I won’t be able to finish it on time, I’ll try again next year.
Right now, I’ve learned something (sort of a slightly hard way because man, I did panic during those two days and wondering why I haven’t written anything yet.) for myself so that next year, I’ll be much more prepared than I am now.
So here’s my own set of How To for myself to take note.
How to prepare for NaNoWriMo (for next year) :
- Prepare a story to write: Goodness, isn’t that obvious?
- Research: Though I do know that I’ll be doing few research on the fanfic that I’m writing, I don’t think that I’ll spend too much time for it unlike the first story that I have in mind (I’ll just save that for next year. Ha!)
- Make an Outline: I’m actually not an outline type of person, so this is just a bit of a guideline for me on how things should go. Because right now, I’m only winging my story, so to speak.
- Plan your word count: I’ve actually seen writers of NaNoWriMo have these wordcount that they want to achieve everyday and I think it’s really great to do so. Though I know that you’re all probably doing it, it’s my first time to join this activity so I have to place that one too. It’s also a good thing to plan your word count so you won’t have to panic everyday thinking the 50,000 words because I’d honestly freak out and be terrified. Take small steps so you won’t notice that you already there.
- Have a reward for a job well done: Don’t be too hard on yourself when writing your story. Even if you don’t reach your planned word count, I don’t think you should scold yourself for it. The main thing is, you managed to increase your word count instead of not really writing at all. Give yourself a pat in a back or a little treat even if it’s not the one you planned for reaching your desired word count. After all, it’s still a job well done.
- Have FUN! : Is this still need to be explained. Nah, don’t think so!
So there! It’s a good experience for me still to write for NaNoWriMo even if I’m not really prepared. I’m still excited about how things will go from here. With that, I shall go back to writing my fanfic because if not, who knows how Benny will punish me *giggles*.