NaNoWriMo 2009: Motivations

So NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month, is almost upon us. I have decided to participate in 2009 and I just wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my motivations, previous experience and what I hope to get out of this process.

For me NaNoWriMo 2009 is mostly about cultivating creative habits, about getting into the habit of writing every single day no matter what. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the mood, if I’m inspired or not – I have made a commitment to write every single day.

But as well as that it is about proving to myself that I can write a piece of at least 50,000 words. I have never written anything this large and last year the prospect of such a large project freaked me out and rendered me completely useless.

The project I am going to tackle in November isn’t strictly a novel. It is actually a memoir, and during November my primary concern is about collecting anecedotes that relate to the subject matter of the memoir. I am not going to labour too much about narrative structure, timelines, flashbacks. The goal here is to get the raw information onto the page so that I have something to work with in subsequent revisions.

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Are you doing NaNoWriMo in 2009? Is this your first time or are you a seasoned professional? Why are you doing NaNoWriMo? What do you hope to get out of this process?

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  • This year will also be my first year participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m doing it for basically the same reasons you are, I just want to be able to actually write an entire novel, even if it is a piece of crap.

    NaNo is going to be my way to just write for writings sake so that everything else I want to write can benefit.

    I’ve never really worked on anything of this magnitude before, so I’m really interested to see if I can handle it. It might be difficult, especially seeing as I’ll have exams / assignments galore for November as it’s Term 4.

    We’ll see how it goes…

  • I am rooting for you to pull this off John, and Jman too. This will be my second NaNo. Did it in 2005 and it was the best feeling ever to finish. You’re on the right track with your thinking that its all about getting the words on page, not about perfection. My first NaNo book eventually got me an agent! It is so worth it to do this. Good luck to all of us.

  • I hopped on the NaNo bandwagon this year for the first time. Thinking about motivations, this is what I come up with. I am doing this not because I have nothing to do (ask Cindy – she’ll tell you I’m insane), but because I have a hard time backing down from a challenge. And while this one is not specific to me, per se, it is still the ultimate challenge in writing. To be able to write a novel (beginning, middle, end) in 30 days is like the brass ring. So- here I sit pulling out my notes, getting in gear, and waiting to open the file at midnight tonight on my NaNo project.

    Best of Luck to everyone on completing your 50,000 words this month. and John, this was a fabulous post. Thanks for the nudge on motivation!

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