A Lesson in Keeping Writing Fun-- and I'm NaNo-ing!

Nov 1, 2011

I may or may not be crazy.

See, I've been having this problem lately. I've been rather discouraged with my writing, and frankly, a little bit sick of my current WIP, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. I wrote to my amazing friend and crit partner Michelle to whine, and she gave me a great reminder.

Writing is supposed to be fun.

She encouraged me to take a break, write something new, and just have fun with it. You might say I took that to heart-- within about half an hour of her email, I had a brand-spankin' new story idea. And then I remembered it's almost November. Almost NaNoWriMo.

And with a big gulp, I signed up.

I did JuNoWriMo, so I know I can write that fast fairly easily. But November's a busy month for me, including Thanksgiving out of town at the in-laws. Nevertheless, having finished my current draft of Unhappening for my crit group full-novel review, I'm now launching into my new project for NaNo. I have a single Word doc of randomly jotted ideas, a few pictures to inspire me, and not much else.

I'm not going to stress about the 50,000 words in a month thing. I'm going to try for it, but my REAL goal this month is just to have fun. Forget plotting and character development and all the shoulds and shouldn'ts of writing-- I'm just going to let this thing explode in all its messy glory.

I'm a little giddy with excitement.

I do, of course, have a title-- Warped. And here are a few tidbits in pictures. Yeah, it's gonna be WEIRD. And adventurous. And fun.








 So, my friends, let the NaNo madness begin! Are you doing NaNo? Do you want to "buddy" me (my username is Shallee)? How do you keep the enjoyment of writing when you get stressed?

21 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Good luck with NaNo, Shallee. I am not doing NaNo, but like you, I am a bit battle weary with my current WIP, so for November I plan to have fun by writing something new and something unplotted.

Akoss said...

Oh... I hope your "Warped" is as fun and awesome to read as another "WARPED" that I read this year :D
I'm exited for you and yes just like you I plan on having fun. If I get the word count out of it great if not? Ah well.

Jess said...

Ooh I'll 'buddy' you!! I've been lookin for NaNo buddies all day!! Good luck!!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Yay!! Looks super creepy!!! ;) If you ever need to vent, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I've been having a pretty crappy month as well. Hopefully November is better, right? Good luck on NaNo! We can have fun together!! :D

Michelle Merrill said...

Yay! Shallee, I'm so excited for you. Sounds and looks like a lot of fun. I can't wait to read it :) Good luck and have fun!

Margo Kelly said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this pictures. Can't wait to read the published book! :) You are awesome; hang in there.

Ruth Josse said...

Love the pictures! Kind of jealous that you're working on something new.:) Have fun NaNoing! I'm sitting this one out, but I'll be cheering everyone else on.

bekahjane said...

nanowrimo-ing too!! cheers :)

Shelly said...

Nope. Not doing the NaNo thing. Maybe next year. But I say that every time.

MKHutchins said...

Good luck! Hope you have a lot of fun.

DL Hammons said...

I'm not doing NaNo, but I'll be happy to cheer you on anyway.

Go NaNo-nytes! :)

Angela Cothran said...

Good luck :) It looks super fun and creepy!

Angie said...

Awesome. Good luck! I keep reminding myself to have fun, too. My writing turns out better when I write for the joy of it.

Lynda R Young said...

I made you a buddy (I'm in as LynFAW).
Good luck with NaNo. It's really exciting isn't it. And I love your title.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm doing NaNoWriMo, too! Just added you as a buddy. :)

I love the pictures!

Imogen said...

I'm in for NaNo! It's my first year and I'm way ahead with my word count. Not bad for someone who didn't have a scrap of planning done first. (Actually, I hate planning so I'm loving NaNo.)

Meredith said...

Such an awesome idea! I hope you find the fun you're looking for. Those pictures seriously creep me out--looks like you've got an awesome story!

JEFritz said...

Yeah, NaNo is going to be awesome :). I've been stressing over my WIP, too, and a new project is just what I need. Working on something else charges me for editing.

Warped sounds interesting. I'll have to remember to friend you on the NaNo site.

Adrienne said...

Ok. The picture with the kids is going to give me nightmares! :-) I'm not doing NaNo this year, and, like you, I'm a little WIP fatigued, but I wanted to finish before getting into something new.
Good luck and have fun with WARPED!

Stacy Henrie said...

What a great idea - to find the fun in writing this month. I had to remind myself of this recently. If it isn't fun now, it isn't going to be any funner once I'm published. When we remember how much fun it used to be and find that again, I think it realy helps our writing.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

I am heading over to the NaNo website to friend you, Shallee! I'm enjoying this challenge so far. I know it's only been three days, but I am having fun. Yay for new projects!

Amy

 
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