2017 NaNoWriMo Participant

Today is day 5 of Write 31 Days, but we’ve been sick, so I skipped a couple of days. Only post 3 for me. I’ll just call it day 5.

I have an idea that’s starting to develop I might turn into my novel. I had the idea a couple of years ago to do a series of different Christmastime stories relating to Secret Santas, so I’m considering starting on that. I’m liking this idea, though I don’t have a whole lot yet. The other ideas I’ve had so far are for stories I don’t want to use for NaNoWriMo.

I think some of my best writing has been when I just write, but for NaNoWriMo, I need to do more deliberate planning. I’ve kind of tried a variety of methods, though haven’t stuck with much for long or figured out what works best for me yet. I do like Bullet Journaling, so I’m reading through the NaNoWriMo Bullet Journaling group on Facebook for some ideas. I have a DIY traveler’s journal with Moleskine notebooks I like to use for notes, as well as Scrivener. I do most of my writing in Scrivener, though I also use Google Drive and Notes to write on my phone when trying to get word count up.

I keep getting overwhelmed by not knowing what I’m going to write, or just the crazy idea of actually writing a WHOLE NOVEL in just one month. So I remind myself it’s fine to write a bad novel. In fact, I’m going to plan on it! It’s not going to be amazing the first time around, and that’s fine. I’m not going to write an amazing novel in a month, but I can manage a bad one. It can be made amazing later. And really, even if it isn’t, that’s fine too. It’s a good experience, and writing a novel is good for me even if I don’t ever do more with it. Having actually done it once before is great for my confidence. I know I can do it now.

So the big advice for today: Write a bad novel! Don’t let fear of writing a bad novel stop you. Write it anyway. It can be made better. Just get the story out.