|Me at my NaNo Desk|
So on the 1st November this year, I looked that evil minx straight in the eye and said...'back off sister, you can't achieve if you never take part.'
Once I had signed up and began writing, I very quickly came to the conclusion that I was either uber organised or had absolutely no life whatsoever - I am leaning toward the latter!
Having never taken part in anything so challenging, I used my time wisely and over the summer months I planned, I plotted, I built character profiles and I even drew little maps of what my 'other' worlds would look like - yes, I am that neurotic. Of course this all paid off and I made a flying start.
By day 6, I had logged 36,523 words on my NaNo page (take a look at my profile www.nanowrimo.org/participants/fantasy-writer-shelley)
However, as I sat grinning from ear to ear, thinking I was doing really well, I found another NaNoer who had logged 100,001, another who reached 51,036 by day 3 and even my Regional Municipal Liaison for Birmingham's NaNo Writer's Group smashed the 50k mark yesterday. These guys are the Yoda of the NaNo challenge and I salute them.
I have learnt a valuable lesson from these amazing chaps, anything is possible if you just get on and do it.
So as a virgin NaNoer, what other lessons have I learnt from this crazy quest?
- You are not alone! There are 286,869 of us taking part this year. Granted, I haven't managed to say hello to all of them, but I have made some wonderful new friends from all over the world.
- I can do anything I set my mind to.
- I can enjoy writing to a deadline - in fact this has been a fantastic way to keep me focused, I even have writing time outlined in red pen in my diary.
- It is possible to ask the question, 'if I stab someone in the heart with a magic sword will they die instantly?' and not get arrested. I LOVE the forums!
Let me know if you fancy reading an excerpt next week and I will post a bit on my blog for you - be warned, I'm writing a YA Fantasy Novel!
Are you taking part this year? How are you getting on?