Why I write…

Last month on my twitter feed, I kept seeing posts about NaNoWriMo and decided to take the plunge and give it a go myself. Since I finished writing my dissertation in August, I have taken a back seat with writing fiction. The only thing I have written consistently is blog posts and they have been largely to do with food. I’ve always wanted to write a novel but I have never pushed on further than 10,000 words. As Wednesday 1st November approaches quickly, it is dawning on me what a daunting month lays ahead. I’m not writing my novel with the aim of trying to get it published – it could be a pile of rubbish after all! I’m doing it so I can push myself, challenge myself and try to achieve something I have always wanted to do.

I know it is going to be tough. I don’t class myself as a ‘writer’ as such, but for one month, I suppose that’s what I am. The aim is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It took me 3 months to do 20,000 for my dissertation! However, with this, I will edit it once (or if) I get my novel finished and if it’s worth editing! I’m very self-critical and I know I will need to be kinder to myself if I am going to complete this project.Β 

I’ve planned my idea and in the process of completing my character profiles but I know I will have some days where I have no inspiration to write. In order to finish the novel, or to hit 50,000 words, I need to write at least 1667 words a day. When it is put like that it doesn’t sound too painful, but I know that I (and many others) will hit a wall on the way. So, my question is, how do you keep yourself motivated as a NaNoWriMo virgin? How do you push yourself to keep going? And how do you know if what you have written is any good?Β 

I saw something on instagram a couple of weeks ago using the hashtag why I write, so before I started planning anything, I did a mind map about why I write. It’s quite therapeutic to think about the reasons why you do something you enjoy. I’m really excited to start writing on Wednesday, but also full of apprehension and self-doubt. I know the only way I can dispel the doubts is to write with confidence and follow my plan!

I’m all set with my Paperchase stationary and laptop.

One other thing I’m going to try and do is to start a bullet journal. Again, I don’t know how successful it will be, but I am forever on Pinterest and everyone who does it makes their work seem so organised and well presented. I am a massive stationary hoarder and complete geek so I am sorted with bright pens, planners and pretty notebooks. I may have to order some stickers and washi tape off Amazon just to complete the look though!Β 

I’m off to Barcelona for 5 days on Thursday so will be taking my laptop and notebook with me to write while I’m there, hopefully in the sun with a large bottle of wine to get me through!

Good luck to everyone who is participating!Β 

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