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Doing NaNoWriMo

Two years ago, just a week before I graduated from university (and had a nasty cold shower of reality when it comes to job options in my country – first of many, that is), I joined NaNoWriMo.

So yes, you can say this happening is important for me. Both emotionally and as a writer. I need someone to, well, make me write. I really like the support and the sense of being there together, writing 50 000 words (or more!) in a month. It may sound counter-productive (you can’t create art on a cue, right?), but it’s actually important becuase it does make you write. This is a great thing for those who tend to find excuses and procrastinate to no end. To all those who never feel ready or never feel like it’s the right moment, or who never feel their ideas are good enough. It does make you write, as in, actually write; put words on (electronic) paper, turn your inner editor off and don’t look back.

There’s some great motivation coming from the task of writing a novel in a month.

The Novel Itself

There’s this idea of mine I feel really passionate about. It’s almost decade in the making – sounds ambitious, but frankly, it’s almost a decade of daydreaming and procrastinating and not the actual writing. Not really proper outlining, except in some key concepts.

It’s a story about a somewhat crazy world of hippies and rednecks and evil magnates and nature and a group of misfits on a journey. And rock music. Lots of it.

It’s fantasy, and it requires a lot of world building. In a way, you are never ready when you wish to do something like this. There’s still a lot of research and world building you need to do. But I kind of realized that I have to start writing it at one point. I need to write that first draft because I really want to tell this story, but daydreaming about it is just not enough. I need to write that first draft, at least partially and NaNoWriMo seems like a good place to start. Like I said, writing a novel with so many other people doing the same can motivate a person to stop procrastinating and actually do it.

Am I scared? Shit scared. But I really want to tell this story.

Forty

I feel weird and overly emotional right now. Sure, it has a lot to do with the PMS, but I just want and need to be more rational at this moment because I have some serious work to do.

Instead of serious work, I’m procrastinating. I’m really good at that. At the same time, I feel like a little girl who just need a hug…

… and, at the same time, I want to dance or play guitar reeeeeallly aggressively (not that I know how to play a guitar). Like I said, that’s just PMS, but I don’t want to feel like this. I’m not sad, it’s just… I feel like a teenage girl full of weird- working hormones. I don’t need that right now.

And forty… Pearl Jam is releasing remastered “Ten”, and there will be 4 editions (4×10=40). They want more of our money? Sure, but that’s not the point. Maybe I don’t want to hear new versions of some songs, maybe I do. But I definitely love the fact that there will be “State of Love and Trust” and the Unplugged. :)

Ok, we all know: “Ten” is not their best album, “true” PJ fans would never say they love “Ten” and yada yada. But you know, admit it or not, we ALL fall in love with the band and their music thanks to “Ten”.

So, thank you, Ten.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.