Saturday, November 30, 2019

NaNoWriMo (according to BBC Robin Hood)

So first you hear about this NaNo thing...writng 50,000 words in one month. Pretty crazy, huh?

Then you make the (probably stupid) decision to attempt it yourself.

But then you have to figure out which plot bunny to write...

And tell your friends and family what you're going to do.

Sometimes they won't be so supportive...

Others will be just as excited as you are.

But then November 1st arrives, and you bid farewell to the world and lock yourself away in your room to write.

The beginning is fun. You are full of brilliant ideas and opportunities and the possibilities are endless.

But then a random character appears...

And you're just like...

And then a new side plot comes along and demands to become the main plot

And you struggle to balance writing and life and hobbies and mental health and they just keep battling each other for your time.

But you keep writing. 

You don't give up.

Sometimes you'll come up with the most amazing characters and twists...

And sometimes you'll write something that once you've read it you realize it should probably be burned.

Every now and them you emerge from your writing den to greet your family and receive sustenance for your mortal flesh.

But then it happens.

You get stuck or behind schedule and consider quitting.

The draft is going slower then expected.

You've got a case of writer's block.

Or life happens and you have no time to write.

You wait for motivation. Or maybe just some free time in your schedule to get some writing done.

And then it comes. The big moment. The epic finale of the draft. That one evening where you have nothing else to do but write. The inspiration to burst through the writing block.

And you do it. You reach 50,000 words in your story. You have finished!

And you bask in the glory.

And you scream about it to your friends and family while they congratulate you.

And then you sleep for the next 48 hours.

And there you have it. The NaNo experience...lots of words, heartache, mild panic, sleeplessness, and evil cackling. Hope y'all had a great NaNo2019 and got a lot accomplished for your drafts.

-Julian Daventry

Friday, November 1, 2019

For the Writers in the Race for the 50K: A NaNo Encouragement Post

Greetings, rebellious writers!

Today is the first day of November. It is the time of the year that pretty much every writer in the world knows about: NaNoWriMo.

Through out this month writers across the globe will be typing as fast as they can, trying to get 50k words.

A lot of us writers of Rebellious Writing will also be joining this mad dash to get our ideas onto the page. Some of us have done it before, for others it is our first time. To commemorate this grand event we want to celebrate what all participants are taking on. When you are feeling stuck this month come to this post for encouragement.

It can work so many different ways.

Whether you’re a pantster or a planner you know what works for you. I have tried pantsing the last few years, and that hasn’t worked so I am doing the rebellious move of plansting. Everyone’s minds work differently and that is so beautiful! How boring would life be if everyone could only do things one way?

I have so many thoughts and possibilities running through my mind. I also have my computer covered in post-it notes to remind me of all of my brilliant plans. Whatever works for you, do it!

It’s just a number, not a story.

NaNoWriMo is famous for the insane goal of 50,000 words. That’s a lot. This is here to help us expand our stories and push us to do the impossible. If you have the determination, you can do it. I know that I have never written 50,000 words before. My highest is 25,000--only half!--and that took many months.

So, why am I going to even try? What is the point?

“A writer is a world trapped in a person.” - Victor Hugo.

I have a story, living inside of me, longing to get out. Being an introvert, I have trouble saying what I have to say out loud; but when I write things down the words just flow, my inner thoughts and dreams. I have messages that mean a lot to me that I want other people to know.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

I think that I can do this because I am extremely stubborn and determined. Once I put my mind to it I’m going through to the end of the line.

And you know what? From the way things are going my story might be done only at 40k, and that’s okay! I’ll have put the effort into it and accomplished something. It is your story and you know when it ends.

For me, 50,000 is encouraging us to make the most of our stories. If that wasn’t the goal then I would probably finish at 25,000, again. The number pushes me to flesh out my story more than I could imagine. Already today I have added so much that I would never have thought of if I hadn’t been pushing for such a large target.

Winning isn’t everything.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Stories are part of who we are. I love reading and writing, it is part of my identity. Through all of that, don’t forget your own story: the life you are living.

Take care of yourself, and enjoy the life, too.

Write rebelliously.

In today’s world people tell you that to make a good novel you have to have bad language, smut, and follow what everyone else is doing.

This November we encourage you to defy the “normal”. Each of us are unique, and we all have amazing stories within us. Show the world what you can do and have your novels be the best they could be.

We here at RW will be so busy typing that we won't have any posts this month, but we will have an update after NaNoWriMo is done.

Keep writing stories that enlighten the world!

Yours &c.

Clare A.