Today it is d-day for a lot of writers: do I participate in the NaNoWriMo or not?! It’s a difficult question, for me, because it is very motivating to have a bunch of fellow writers struggling with you through every heart-breaking moment. However, this year I have decided not to participate. I had to share. Why? Because I need some validation that my decision is just. Well, of course it’s just. It’s my decision. And there are probably 50 projects that I am involved in at the same time. Which is good, starting your own business, you can better be too busy than bored to death because there is nothing to do. On the other hand, I forget stuff. Obvious stuff, like birthday’s, important stuff, like deadlines, and still I manage to keep my head together. And I still want to do more. Yes, I really want to do the NaNoWriMo. But. No. I really shouldn’t.
Almost a year ago I attended Camp NaNoWriMo. For those not familiar with this great but crazy writing frenzy: November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Office of Letters and Light celebrates the month with a challenge for all who want to join. The goal? 50.000 words in a month. Because one month isn’t barely enough, they introduced Camp NaNoWriMo, a digital camp for the insane who want to share their madness with other writers.
So I joined too, last summer (yes, almost a year ago) to write 50k words in August. Just three days before the Camp I started rereading ‘the Practical Guide of Gotham Writers’ Workshop on Writing Fiction’. Well planned, right? In fact, it was! I got my brain refreshed, particular on how a plot is build up. It is actually quite easy. They write:
Take the analysis of E.M. Forster, who once said that there are only two plots in all of fiction: somebody goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. (page 75)
Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
This post is a rerun from the more up-to-date post I wrote in August last year on editorannedaily.wordpress.com.