NaNoWriMo Day One

slogan by moonsword27, poster by pianochick66
slogan by moonsword27, poster by pianochick66

It’s that time of year again. 50,000 words in 30 days. And today is Day One.

I love writing, but I have always struggled with fluency – letting Left Brain loose on the keyboard without suffering constant interruptions and criticism from Right Brain. That’s why NaNoWriMo is so great. It’s all about producing a first draft – a pile of words out of which something beautiful can later be crafted.

When I visit schools I sometimes recommend National Novel Writing Month to students. Writing a novel seems daunting, but NaNoWriMo provides the perfect way to face up to the task in a fun, non-threatening way, in the company of many thousands of other people. I hope that some of the students I’ve met in the last couple of years might take up the challenge this year.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo I have spent a lot of time thinking about the characters and getting to know them. Plot flows from character. If you know your characters well enough, you’ll be able to put them in difficult situations and watch them do and say stuff, and spark off each other in interesting ways.

This morning I set my alarm for 3am, got up and wrote solidly until 6am – 2000 words on one cup of coffee. I set my font colour to white so that I would not be able to see the words I was writing. If you can’t see them, you can’t change them!

Yes, the inner editor was writhing. But the inner creator was glowing with happiness.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Please do leave a note below…

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Stephen Davies

Children's author: picture books, chapter books and YA novels

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