Nanowrimo Novel Writing Challenge - Planning and Announcing

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Can you see my character build up?

Good afternoon beautiful people,

So I have signed up for this writing challenge - Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) - where people from across the globe dedicate the month of November to writing 50,000 words (read what Wikipedia says about Nanowrimo including how it all began).

Planning 
This challenge requires at least 1667 words daily for 30 days. Having done opeds (usually 900-1000 words), I know the process of putting words down and making sure they make sense is not a walk in the park. To be on top of the game, I put aside some days in October to work on how my writing will be - theme, characters, settings et al et al. I tried exploring different writing forms, moving from idea to idea, I even did an introduction draft last week and shared it with FS as a way of idea networking...I also reread the highlighted passages from my copy of Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic...but I just couldn't put it together. By the way, if you think I am thorough, head out to YouTube and see videos of how people have been preparing...it makes me look like a joke... I think those videos gave me some pressure instead of inspiration.  

So I let it be,

After days of stressing, I stepped away from the planning process, 

As important as it is, I gave it a cold shoulder and concentrated on other things.

Then the last weekend came and went and I wasn't sure about my participation any more. I was almost saying, at least I tried...at least I showed a story I was interested, if and when it wants us to have a thing, at least it knows I am ready.

It wasn't until this afternoon that it came through and I finally signed up on the Nanowrimo website. If you would like to join me and thousands of other people across the globe in this challenge, head out to the Nanowrimo website to sign in  ...I have also joined the group with Kenyans doing the challenge on the website but it would be really lovely to hear from anyone else who is doing this challenge or any sort of challenge. I hope to do weekly progress posts here...the key word is hope, let's see how it goes.

I leave you with my notes (ok i am not that good a note taker) from a 2016 storytelling workshop hosted by the MOTH. 


Sending love and light,
Sitawa

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