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.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

It's Totally Okay

Growing up, I was allowed to read Lord of the Rings, but not Harry Potter. I had friends who read both, and friends who read neither. My friends who read HP were kind enough to not bully me about it, though they might occasionally reference a quote or two. And when I was around my friends who didn't read either, I did my best to not constantly be talking about Tolkien's works.

Because it's okay, y'all.

It's totally okay to not read a book or series because your parents told you that you weren't allowed. People should not mock you because you're obeying your parents, and you shouldn't feel that they're being cruel.

It's totally okay to not read a book because you don't think you'll like it, whether it's because of the genre, the reviews, or the likelihood of magic or lust or other content you'd prefer not to read.

It's totally okay to not finish a book because you didn't like what you found inside. You won't be labeled a coward for stopping right then and there and never looking back.

It's totally okay to not read a book because you don't like the author or don't like what the author promotes/is promoting. 

It's totally okay to write low-star-kinda-bad but honest reviews. We should be respectful, but we should give our opinions.

It's totally okay to not want to read a book simply because you have zero interest in it. Or because you don't want to pay the money to buy it and can't get it at the library.

I promise. Life will go on. Maybe you won't understand a quote or a meme. But that's it. Life just continues.

Giving and Taking Recommendations

As readers, we should be very willing to give book recommendations. And we should be very understanding when someone says they're not going to take a recommendation. I don't throw LotR at my friends who won't read it because of convictions or simple disinterest. If they ask for book recs, I might laugh and say, "Well, there's always LotR!" and then I go on to recommend books I know they'll be likely pick up and actually enjoy.

As readers, we should not feel shy about saying, "oh, I'm not interested in that" or "my parents won't let me read it" or "after looking it up, I think I'll pass". Everyone is different. Everyone has different interests, reading levels, convictions, parents, and spending habits.

And that's beautiful.

-Julian Daventry