Winging it is what NaNoWriMo is all about for me. I love the aspect of spontaneity. I just got done with the first edit of last years NaNo and I'm looking forward to having it pretty well polished before November. I've got a lot of ideas for what I want to write, but the current favourite is something I think I'm gonna call "Waxmen" about a man who believes the people in his life are being replaced by these waxy-robot kinda things. It should be awesome.
I've never really gotten the point of the social aspect of NaNoWriMo. For me, writing is a solitary activity. Social support can be nice, I suppose, but when you write you write alone. I think that's one of the things I like most about writing.
For the most part, I write alone but sometimes social interactions help with the story. For example, during one meet-up I was really stuck about where the climax of my story should take place. After having a few laughs and drinks, someone made an obscure comment about old match factories and it give me a HUGE flow of ideas. Plus, if you're competitive, you can compete with others.
To be honest, I don't enjoy writing in social environments. It makes me self conscious and negatively affects my work, especially if they are attempting to read over my shoulder. But I do enjoy socially meeting up with fellow writers to relax for a short time and take a break, especially with others who are also relaxing from a similar pressure.
After the first meeting this year we actually went to the historical cemetery to research names (Effie was quite popular in WY back in the 1800s), and just have fun. Much more enjoyable that hanging out at home or just online.
Effie is another nickname of mine (thanks to a baby cousin who couldn't pronounce the "st" in my name) :3
Our local NaNo region has tons of parties and events, I'm even hosting a weekly meet-up. Sometimes we write... mostly we drink and talk. It looks like I'm going to have a few new faces in my group this year so I'm really excited.
I honestly don't think I'm gonna do well this NaNo. Two jobs, school, and volunteer work already have me pulling my hair out. I am determined to win another year though!
[We interrupt this broadcast for a moment of shameless self-promotion] In answer to the age old question, "So I wrote a novel, now what?" I'll be posting last year's NaNoWriMo novel in serial form throughout the month of November. The story is a little oddity titled, The Mulch Pile and it's about a boy in a severely dysfunctional family, and the terror he must face when the garden mulch pile comes to life. If you're interested you can check out the teaser/introduction here. The story will update on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. [We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.]
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