Good morning NaNoWriMo writers!
I have a post going up tomorrow with some writing inspiration, but thought it would be fun to have my own introduction to NaNoWriMo — as well as start a weekly process of sharing some updates with you all.
Week One Update:
I’ve had a very productive first few days of NaNoWriMo and ended at the end of day 2 with 14,003 words. Now, that might seem like a lot, BUT in the past I get a major head start and then dwindle down towards the end of the month. This — I’m hoping — will be the first year I WIN at NaNoWriMo, rather than petering out at 30,000 or 40,000 words.
Me and Writing:
When it comes to writing, I will admit that I don’t do it as often as I should. Whenever I do sit down to write, I love it and I love creative stories — especially short stories — and I love trying to flesh out quirky and silly stories. It’s just fun to create — amirite?
For me, the fall/winter period is definitely one for writing down words, writing stories. And when the spring hits I love to write music. I’m not sure why, but the world being covered in white really gets my brain going for stories and then when things start to turn green and the world renews, all I can think about is music. Can a brain think in song? I think so.
For a little inspiration, here’s a post that I wrote for my now-defunct blog Winter Distractions in regards to writing:
In the past week I’ve talked with the people around me about my NaNoWriMo experience thus far and have been quite amazed by the amount of people who say they wish they could be a writer. I honestly can’t remember where this advice came from, but I definitely read it in one of my writing encouragement books, but the answer is: TO WRITE.
I’ve noticed that in the past 14 days, I’ve written lots of words and sometimes I get discouraged that they’re not coming out properly or that maybe they’re — actually there’s no maybe about it — not up to par with some of my favourite writers.
THIS IS OKAY.
Writing takes practice. In order to do it well, one must write. A lot.
What got me thinking about this was picking up my ukulele, piano, and singing again in the past few days. Now, I’ve done this lots in the past, well, 13 years, BUT I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon with my practicing and that I could get better. My voice doesn’t have the range it used to, my fingers fumble and make mistakes on the piano, and my fingers just can’t remember certain chords on the ukulele (not to mention the pain I feel in the tips of my fingers from pressing on the strings. Ouch.).
While I’d love to be really good in, say, a week, I know it’s going to take longer. Just with anything you want to do well, you have to do it a lot. This means I must sing a lot — pick songs that are in the range I want to sing and try to work my vocal chords up there. I also must play the ukulele a lot — find easy songs to play and slowly expand my chord knowledge as I go. I also must play the piano a lot — dig out my old books, the songs I’ve written, and cover songs and just play, play, play.
You can’t expect to get better overnight, which is a good thing. Can you imagine what we’d be like if we could both learn AND master something within a day or even a week? We’d know EVERYTHING! And what fun would that be?
So, when it comes to writing, I follow the advice of writers. Read lots. Read widely, as well as the genres you want to write in. Write lots. And, I have to say, write widely as well. Write poems, write short stories, write novels — just WRITE. You’ll never get better unless you take that first step and actually DO.
So go forth, NaNoWriMo writers! Go forth and write!