Thursday, 30 October 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014: Connecting with Creativity

Source: Young Writers Program

When: November, 1st - 30th 
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Back when I was first exposed to the book blog/booktube community, I had no idea what NaNoWriMo was even though I kept hearing about. A year later and I am now taking part in this amazing event and am so pumped for it to begin. 

NaNoWriMo is an annual writing event where countless of aspiring writers come together during the 30 days of November to just write. The goal for the month is to write a 50,000 word novel (I know, insane), but you're not alone in the journey. In fact NaNoWriMo is very a collective effort from connecting with writing buddies to hearing feedback and just encouraging everybody to keep going. 

I am both a little daunted and excited to take part this year. I haven't actually written anything in the past 2 years, but creative writing was a very big part whilst I was in high school and the best outlet to channel my stress from school work. I think I've always dreamt of seeing my name on a published novel before, and I do remember writing short stories or starting different chapters on notebooks. Except when I started university, I took on a Creative Writing class and the fizzle just went out of me. I'm not sure if it was because writing is a hobby of mine, but having to do it under pressure and be assessed made writing lose it's magic. 

For the past year though, I've had so many ideas come and go, and I've discovered that I really do want to write a novel some day. I don't think NaNoWriMo will be the opportunity for me to be published, but I'm taking it as a writing exercise to jump start my creativity again. I'm going to be a little rusty, and definitely not the best, but I'm glad that I'm trying. 

I don't think I'll be able to write a full 50,000 word novel but I do have some goals: 
  • Write 4 times a week 
  • Write more than 15,000 words
  • Engage with other writers 
  • Be committed!! 
So that's my life story leading up to NaNoWriMo. I have some sort of idea of what story to write, but watch this space while I decide and fine tune the details. 

Come find me and be my writing buddy - PrintedWords - and if you haven't, sign up!

Get your write on. 




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