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

5 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful post. 😂 My brain is definitely going to be taking that 48 hour slep. 😭

    I had a great 2019NaNo and I hope yours was epic as well! <333

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  2. I love the Robin Hood BBC gifs!!!! That show is so good. You described NaNo perfectly!!

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  3. My sister totally did exactly what you said. <3 Robin Hood BBC.

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  4. Nothing has been my accurate in my writing life!!!!

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