Wednesday, October 17, 2012
YA Highway RTW: Attempting NaNo...Again
This Week's Topic is: Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?
This year I am determined to finish. I've been struggling with my WIP lately and I think I'm just losing faith in myself as a writer. I haven't finished a novel in over four years. When that whole thing didn't work out self doubt kicked in and I don't know, I haven't been able to finish anything since. College doesn't help either. Since there is no deadline looming over me, I keep telling myself I have more time. Days pass, weeks, months. One year later when I finally look back at the story I lose interest. It sucks. I don't want to be like that. And this defiantly can't happen in the future.
This year's NaNo for me is more of a confidence booster. I need to see if I still have it in me. Even if I don't reach 50k I still want to be far enough in my story to finish after NaNo. It's going to be difficult this year. November, quite honestly, will be my busiest month. I have multiple papers due, a huge project for my stage lighting class, and I'll be assistant stage managing a show that goes into tech the last week of November.
Lucky for me I have a couple cheerleaders and my roommate has been instructed to yell at me when I'm procrastinating. Also I'll be able to attending a few local Write-Ins and I have a week off for Thanksgiving.
I've already started outlining and planning for this year. There is a synopsis under my "What I'm Working On" page as well as my author profile on the site. Add me as a buddy and I'll do the same. I could really use a extra boost of encouragement once November hits.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Are you a planner or a pantser? How do you get your encouragement/motivation?