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November, 2010:

I Caved…

Yep, after the long post and list of reasons NOT to do NaNoWriMo this year, I completely caved and began it yesterday evening. I think it was just that the excitement of those doing it was contagious and the fact that I’d never finished any fiction writing really bothered me. The more I thought about Nano’s basic premise of it being about quantity rather than quality, of it being a chance to free yourself from the tyrannies of self editing and just write, well, the more I really wanted to do it.

Also I found that an idea I’d had for a story which I’d thought I might pursue for Nano began to grow in my mind. So yesterday evening I sat down at the computer and, almost as an experiment, started to write. And it really flowed, the idea really caught fire in my mind. And as I wrote I focused on telling the story without backing up on myself and re-reading, making corrections etc. So, I know it’s all far from perfect but that’s not the point. I’ve found writing fiction to be exciting for the first time in years. I have no idea where the story will lead since I’m really winging in on some parts but that’s what makes it such fun! And this kind of writing has pretty much never been that fun for me.

So far I’ve written about 2700 words so I have a fair of catching up to do. I have no idea if I’ll make the 50k word count since my writing is taking second place to the organising but it doesn’t matter, it’s all about having fun 🙂