NaNoWriMo has Officially Begun!!!
I'm super excited to be taking part in my very first NaNoWriMo this November!! After perusing my local region's page on the site, I'm shocked that A) there are hundreds of thousands of people that take part in this every year around the world, and B) I never knew about it until NOW!
To give you an idea of how big this event is, take a look at these numbers from Texas alone - San Antonio: 3,900 writers, Austin: 8,800 writers, Houston, TX: 9,000 writers, DALLAS: 13,500 writers registered for 2015.
I've been following the Twitter feed for this event as well, and here are some of my favorite posts so far:
There are others who have posted some seriously intimidating tweets about having their entire book outlined and ready for November 1st writing...
This is a creativity exercise. Not American Idol for NYTimes Bestsellers. Stop freaking the rest of of us out with your pseudo-psychotic preparation and just PANTS IT!!!
Here's my trick: I can outline myself blue in the face, but I know at some point I'm going to veer off script. It happens. It's called GROWTH. Characters have a tendency to do that at some point in your story. What really helps me visualize the overall direction of my idea is... *shock* music.
I know. So cliché. Sue me.
Here's a highlight reel from the massive playlist I've accumulated on Spotify for NaNoWriMo (7 hrs and 18 min of music, so far...).
Play through the tracks! Each one brings a specific scene to the surface for me, but what's so interesting is how we all perceive different images based on our memory recesses and experiences.
One of my favorite tracks is Da pacem Domine by Arvo Pärt. Listening to this always gives me this impending sense of doom... Like Aurora as she climbs step by step towards the spindle at the top of the highest tower...
Unfortunately, because of NaNoWriMo, I won't be as diligent with my TBR List, or as active on my blog this month while tackling this 50,000 word monster.
I'll be posting reviews of books read earlier this year intermittently throughout November, with one meme post per week. Please be patient with me as I flex my writing skills!
For more information on NaNoWriMo, you can visit them at their website.