Uh Oh, NaNo!
I was cruising along on the WordPress reader today and many posts about NaNo planning scrolled past. Normally, I would be hard-pressed to pull myself away from the posts of my fellow bloggers as I tend to wallow in anything about writing I can find. But today, I had to stop reading.
For those who have been following my blog, I have spoken fondly of NaNoWriMo, and given advice to those who have never made the attempt.
And yet, here I sit, mere days from the start of my favorite challenge of the year, and my mind is a blank.
I had a spark of an idea at the start of the month, something that found me after being buried in a notebook for years. And my mind immediately began to formulate scenes and motivation and characters. But I put on the brakes. It was too soon. I cannot start NaNo planning too early or I will care too much about the finished product and I will remain frozen at the starting line unable to write a single sentence.
So I thought of other things. I worked on other non-writing projects. I did no research, no character sketches, no outlines…
Now, I read that I am surrounded by planners! People have completed timelines, drawn maps of their worlds, filled an entire wall with sticky notes and pinned up strings to show the interconnectedness of plot points.
And suddenly I feel like I am way behind! The gun went off and the other runners sprinted ahead while my head was in the clouds.
But wait, this happens every year. I just have to remind myself of that. I often have no clue what to write about until a week before. Perhaps it is that panic that causes the adrenaline coursing through my veins to set off the brain synapses and create a plot idea. That’s some sort of scientific fact, right?
I just have to remember to keep breathing and moving forward…
oh, and now, would be a good time to start taking some notes for my NaNo novel. 🙂