November 1st - IT’S NANO TIME
Before I get into opining on #NANOWRIMO I should point out that for a long time I was a medical transcriptionist, working out of my house. Yeah, it was awesome. In medical transcription we use lots of short hand in Word, like sob automatically spits out shortness of breath, MI is myocardial infarction, tpi is The patient is. You get the idea.
It strikes me today, writing the headline, that nov is nausea or vomiting. Yeah, funny right? Because November 1st, the start of NaNoWriMo, probably elicits some that nov in participants, especially first-timers like myself.
I changed my story idea three times. THREE! First it was a YA Urban Fantasy. I had character back stories, scene ideas, plot ideas, research. Then I switched to a contemporary YA about a troubled teen who tries to solve her mother’s murder. More character back stories, scene ideas, plots, not so much research.
Then some of the panic and nausea (sans vomiting, thank goodness) set in;
1 - I’ve never written YA. What am I thinking?
2 - I’ve never written first person POV. What the hell am I thinking?
3 - I’ve never written a novel in 30 days. WTF am I thinking?!?
A day after that I switched back to Urban Fantasy and made it an adult, tightened the plot, adultified (all right, I made that word up but it FITS, doesn't it?)the characters, etc. And that’s the novel I’m sticking to, swear. Thankfully, I can use the research already done for Idea #1.
So for me, chucking one-third of my panic and nausea – the YA part – calmed me enough to trick myself into thinking maybe okay possibly I could do this. Could I squeeze any more qualifiers in that sentence? I think not.
What also helps in the support of my Twitter buds encouraging me, my new friends on the regional Nano website competing on word counts, the funny writers at @Nanowrimo making me laugh, and the support of my friends and family.
*batman voice* (Bale, not West – I mean, come on, people, Bale clearly has the best batman voice of all the Batmans) “Day one. Done.”
My word count currently sits at 3602, so I've met my 2000 word goal and then some. I’m going back tonight to wring out some more words.
Now that it’s begun I’m excited but not nauseated. Nervous but not vomiting (again, thank goodness because…gross). Day one is nearly over and I’m feeling pretty confident.
I’ve read the blogs, attended the local prep sessions at the library, learned a lot. I plan on attending a write-in tomorrow with some of the people from my local Nano group (they’re a fun group, many who have participated in Nano for years, some wins, some incompletes, a portion of us are first-timers) Everyone’s warned me about the week two drag and I’m ready for that, too, by banking some words in week one.
*batman voice* “Bring it, Nano. Day Two.”