NaNo Rebels Unite
You Can Do the Challenge to Your Own Rules
I love NaNoWriMo — I even have the shirt. The theme this year is time travel. This year’s shirt design is similar to a tattoo I have on my upper back even.
I love novels.
I do not love rules. Or at least ones that are imposed upon me. I do enjoy making my own rules.
My writing centers around short fiction and poetry but I also enjoy community and the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. I am influenced by Stephen King and his ideal 2000 word count a day. I am striving for this during the month of November and keep track of the word count. On a normal day, I write in notebooks and on the computer so word counts are harder to keep track of in my experience.
So, yes, I am doing NANOWRIMO, but in my own way.
I am writing 2000 words plus a day.
The system I am working with combines several challenges I believe in. First, I am participating in Nancy Stohlman’s Flash Nano challenge and use her prompts writing around a character that came from a story I wrote called Dreams and Hourglasses. The female character is named Brooklyn.
In addition to Nancy’r prompts, I signed up for Sarah Selecky’s daily writing prompts and have used them every day since April.
I am using the two prompts to write Brooklyn’s stories. Sometimes I write two flash fiction pieces with Brooklyn and sometimes I combine them depending on what works.
At the end of the month I will have least 50,000 words this way and a stack of stories about this one character. There is a world and subplots but not many other characters in my stories. At the end of the month I may publish the words a flash novel. Another option is to revise them individually and send them out for submission or publish some on Medium.
In addition to my NANO challenge, I publish to Medium daily. I also write 3 handwritten Morning Pages that go along with my Artist’s Way program I just completed. I find the writing energizing and not taxing. If I need a break, I take one.
There may be days that I do not get all of this writing done and that is ok. I write every day. It works for me.It is movement forward in my overall goals in writing. My family is well aware I am a writer and if I say, “I need to go write my words” I get no push back. It is a beautiful thing to be supported.
I also am participating in a Third Door Energy challenge. This is only 10 minutes a day or so total. I feel this challenge is going to make a difference in how I structure my days and am excited to share this experience with a small group.
As an artist, we have to find our own processes.
What are the rules you are writing for yourself? I would love to hear.
If you would like to be buddies on the NANO site my handle is tbreit.
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