On Writing



So, I did it. I wrote 50,000 words in the 30 days. But, let’s be honest, it was not as fun as it usually is.


The last two Nanos have been fantastic. Completely original and organic plots that I managed to fit in a whole 50,000 words. And, while I have no plans to edit/try to publish these stories, I seemed to have had a lot more fun writing them, as well as getting excited about them. On reflection, this is not the case with this year’s Nanowrimo.

Why? You may ask. Well, there are a lot of factors that I’ve thought about that may contribute to this, but the most jarring one is this; I am not the same person I was during the last two Nanos.

While I’m struggling with concentration, stress, and focus, it does not mean that I’m going to give this story up. Not only was I writing in a genre that I’ve never written in before (High Fantasy), I also had a plot that didn’t necessarily have a middle or an end. I had started to make a plan, but then November started and I just had to go and write.

It began easy; I had this beautiful idea of having a LGBT romance set in a Russian/Nordic inspired land with outlawed magic and mad Princes. I could picture all the settings, the way people spoke, and certain scenes I was excited to write. But, without a framework to base this on, without a linear plan of events, after about 20,000 words, I hit a wall. Writing scenes became bothersome and reaching my daily word count felt like a chore.

It doesn’t make writing easier when you become obsessed with a show that updates with clips in real time. But we won’t talk about SKAM in another post.

I’m glad I took part in this year’s Nanowrimo; it really pushed me as a writer at a low point in my life. I’m glad I found at least some solace in writing and thinking about the story that I wanted to create (at least at the beginning) and I definitely have plans to get it written completely and, hopefully, published.

How did everyone else’s Nano go? I love reading about other people’s experiences!

Nanowrimo Week One | Nanowrimo Week Two | Nanowrimo Week Three

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  1. SteviesBookshelf

    December 3, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I started NaNo but I think I’ve decided it’s just not for me! I’m glad to see you won!! 🙂

  2. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

    December 3, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Congrats on getting 50k, Hollie!! Sorry this wasn’t as an enjoyable experience for you though. I hope everything goes well with your future writing endeavours ♥

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