Now obviously, this wasn’t some high impulse spur of the moment type decision. I’ve been writing since I was 13, and I would like to think that, what started off as super cringy incoherent fan fiction has blossomed over the years into a semi-passable skill. My focus is mostly on poetry and screenplays nowadays (A film degree combined with art school will do that to you) but as you’ve probably seen by the backlog of short stories and shitty poems I’ve posted on here this will not be the first time I’ve tangled with regular ole’ written prose.
so what made me decide to do this? the answer is very simple NaNoWriMo (the National Novel Writing Month for all you casuals out there) made me decide to do this. For those of you who may be unaware NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge held every year in November, where writers attempt to complete 50,000 words in 30 days. which in my opinion is a completely insane undertaking but, one that is wholly commendable, if you actually manage to do it. I’d seen it floating around in my teen years on various writing sites and was curious, but ultimately too much of an uncommitted pussy to actually give it a go myself. Cue, one youtube video of someone else doing it (and finishing) and one super awesome story idea made from two previously incomplete works of mine that I managed to Frankenstein together in a dream. and you got yourself a gal that is finally ready to take a crack at it.
But, and this is a big butt, November is several months away still and I am way too impatient to wait that long. so I came up with the idea of doing my own unofficial version starting from today (17th June – 17th July). Same rules and the same concept, just… not in November and without all the official (and really cool) NaNoWriMo shizz.
I’m going to be treating it as kind of like a dry run for the real thing, which I will also be doing this year. Partly, because I’m super pumped about this idea and, partly because I would appreciate the ego boost if I actually pulled it off.
I will be sure to post updates of Word counts everyday. but probably not full blown written updates. I’ll probably do those like every week-ish.
Wish me luck!