If you've ever thought about writing a novel this is a great way to start, or at least try. Setting boundaries gives the impetus and pressure that some people need to get something like writing a novel done. You may not write a masterpiece--you most likely won't--but if you manage to meet the challenge you've taken a step. Even if you don't make the 50,000 words you will have something to gauge yourself. So what if you end up with 50,000 words of crap--it's better than words that were never written and a challenge that was never attempted.
You can find out more about National Novel Writing Month at their website.
I'm basically jumping into NaNo nearly blind just like I did last year. I've gotten a few ideas together, but no real story yet. I got my opening scene decided, but haven't really formulated where it's going from there. I have, or am getting ready to gather, my sources of inspiration that will guide the story I devise. Like I did in 2009 my inspirations will mostly come from:
- Bible Verses
- Inspiration from the most recent sermon and Bible study at my church
- Random clippings from the October 31st edition of my local newspaper
- Any ideas from my dreams that might apply to my story
- Whatever else happens to flow from the previous idea generators
A current newspaper likewise can offer many concepts and story ideas that can be woven into a story. A current events story shaped by Biblical themes and colored with dream imagery can turn into a very interesting story. This has frequently been my approach to writing fiction.
I'm looking forward to this month's challenge. Who knows--I might even finish up last year's NaNo novel while I'm working on this new one. Watch for details of my progress in the days and weeks to come.
If you're doing NaNo, how prepared are you? What do like to use to help you generate ideas? Anyone have a brief synopsis yet that they'd like to share?
For those of you who follow Yvonne at Welcome to My World of Poetry, in case you haven't seen her post of Friday October 29, she's saying that it is her last post. If this is the case, I'm sure many will miss her faithful comments and her wonderful poetry. I was pleased to be part of Your World, Yvonne.