Summer is fast coming to an end and my favorite season is approaching. I have always loved Autumn, with the changing leaves, the crisp air and the return of wearing comfy sweaters. This Autumn I am planning try something I never thought I would – I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s where many aspiring writers attempt to write a rough-draft of a 50,000 word novel in a single month. It’s a way to try and kick-start writing a novel if you’ve always wanted to, but never had the time or opportunity to do so. You can compete with others as a way to motivate you to keep going.
So why am I doing this and why did I never think I could?
First of all let me go back earlier this year, when I began my obsession with a video game called Dragon Age (well technically three games, as I’ve played through Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition). This led me to seeking out other Dragon Age content online and how I fell in love with a variety of Dragon Age fan fiction stories. This quickly morphed into a desire to write my own stories and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve now, as of this writing, completed 17 separate works (If you care to read any, they are all posted here http://archiveofourown.org/users/Kleineganz/works, please take heed of all tags and warnings).
As I’ve been developing my passion for writing fiction I’ve also discovered that I can easily write 2,000-3,000 words/day, and for NaNoWriMo only 1,667 words/day are required. That’s what made me realize I could make a go of writing a novel, which is something I’ve always wanted to do, but never thought I could achieve it. Once I realized I could accomplish the minimum words/day requirement for NaNoWriMo the only thing standing in my way was an idea. An idea for a novel that was unique and original enough to warrant being written. It took me a few months but I finally thought of an idea.
I won’t share too many details yet, but it will be an Epic Fantasy with a Sci-Fi twist. That’s about all I’ll say for right now. I’m still working out the main characters and putting together a basic outline for the story so I’m ready to in November. My writing process is pretty basic – I do a brain dump and then go back later to edit/revise/refine. So far that’s worked well for me and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on my fan fiction writing so far.
Have you ever wanted to write a novel?