Whenever I start a new project, I get weird. I don’t understand why. And don’t tell me to get therapy – it didn’t help.
The NaNoWriMo crowd claims, “No plot? No problem,” but November begins in 10 days, and for me, the weirdness is already setting in. I’m myself questions, such as:
“Which character profile worksheet should I use?”
“What outlining plan works best?”
“What about world-building? Holly Lisle’s method? Or does Jill Williamson have a better plan?”
“What plotting method is best – Snowflake, Hero’s Journey, 3 Act-9 Block-27 Chapters?”
“Which craft books should I read – Donald Maas, James Scott Bell, Jeff Gerke?”
This is why I don’t write fiction. Whenever I write a blog post, I choose a topic, perhaps do a bit of research, then I sit down and type. Boom – it’s done.
I would say I’ve failed at completing NaNoWriMo more times than I can count, but NaNoWriMo only started about 15 or 16 years ago, and I can count that high. Besides, I’ve skipped a few years because, well, because I just get too weird about it.
Why put myself through such weirdness? I love writing fiction! I don’t finish it, but I love wandering through worlds that exist only in my mind (and my notes). I love meeting new people, and characters are people, right? Even if I’ve only jotted down the bare bones facts about them. And plots – my favorite! Don’t get me started on how much I love plotting.
I also love reading books on the craft of fiction writing. I probably read more about writing than I actually write.
Even though I’m already feeling weird about starting this project, I’m excited about it. I’ve registered at NaNoWriMo.org (username is lindafulkerson – add me to your buddy list & I’ll add you back!), recruited some accountability partners, brainstormed some characters, outlined a plot, created a world, and typed up 7 pages worth of notes from voice notes or scribbled Post-Its. I’m ready!
What about you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Please tell me it makes you weird, too!