After two years off, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo once again this year! I participated, and won, back in 2014, but unfortunately I accidentally deleted my entire novel the following January. This put me in such a writing slump that I did not write any more fiction again until earlier this year, and what I have written has been limited to the stray scene here and there.
For the past month, I have been brainstorming and plotting a sci-fi novel. That’s really all I am going to say about the content for now, for numerous reasons ranging from being a bit self-conscious to not wanting others accidentally taking my idea. But I will say that, even though I have not actually begun writing the story yet, I am in love with this novel far more than I ever have been with any writing project I have ever undertaken.
The challenge this month will be balancing my writing with my classes. I am taking organic chemistry as well as two other online psychology classes (the reason all but one class is online is due to my husband’s IRONMAN in a few weeks, which, including all the traveling and activities, will take me away from campus for about two weeks – thankfully including Thanksgiving break). The good news is, I finished three other psychology classes about two weeks ago, and THOSE were time-suckers. I really dislike online classes in general. Because there are no class meetings to attend, but they feel like they have to give you SOMETHING besides just exams, they tend to feel like an endless stream of tasks and busywork that always take up way more time than one would expect. I also dislike how disconnected I feel with them, whereas when I actually attend class, I am able to connect with other people. But my thoughts about online classes (as well as returning to school as a non-traditional student on a mostly traditional campus!) are really for another post!
This year I am choosing to write my novel in a Leuchtturm Master Slim notebook using fountain pens and, occasionally, dip pens. If I am going to write, I want to WRITE! We all know I love fountain pens, and, while it may take me longer to actually write the novel, I feel like I will connect with it more. Also, I am in front of the computer all day for school, between typing up papers for my online classes or working on organic chemistry homework, so I need some time AWAY from a screen! This will give me that opportunity to unplug and just put pen to paper and write. I generally write about 1000 words per page in those notebooks, so, in order to ensure I achieve the 1667 word average needed to win, I plan on writing two pages each day.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Have you participated in the past? What have your experiences been like? What are you most looking forward to?