NaNowWriMo – Setting the pace

NaNoWriMo Participant 2012National Novel Writing Month kicked off on Thursday and so far things are progressing well. I’ve set my characters in motion. They’re about to embark on a perilous journey across the high seas once the wind turns favourable.

Creative writing is an interesting process. You set the scene and the characters turn up to inhabit it. They’re kind of like self-generated Sims. You get to know them as the story unfolds. My main character is losing my interest at present as her excitement potential seems low – she’s just too nice. Her rambunctious sister has taken over and is demanding most of my attention. However, the mysterious servant of an eccentric doctor wants me to take notice of her, and then there’s the boy who hides in dark corners and talks to rats, and the woman with the child who has no past … Hmmm.

(I do realise I’m beginning to sound a bit like a crazy person. I think that’s a good sign. Apparently, it’s when you don’t realise you sound crazy that you’re really in trouble!)

I’m hearing comments from my fellow Christchurch Wrimos who are in turns excited, frustrated, on a roll, in the doldrums, drinking coffee, typing furiously, staring hopelessly into space and/or munching chocolate but they all have one thing in common – they’re all committed to writing and they’re in it for the long haul.

So, hang in there, Wrimos! The only way to climb a mountain is one step at a time and the view from the top is going to be brilliant. If you need some moral support or just want to get together with some people who truly understand what you’re going through, there’s a write-in tonight at Upper Riccarton Library.

I can’t wait to get home and discover what my character are up to. Looks like takeaways for dinner tonight.

6 thoughts on “NaNowWriMo – Setting the pace

    • tazliz 6 November 2012 / 9:25 am

      You’re welcome, Shantelle. I hope all goes well with your novel. It’s a huge challenge, isn’t it? Happy writing. 🙂

  1. Laraine 5 November 2012 / 6:00 pm

    I think somebody else should do the cooking. But I guess it’s the same for you as for me: chance would be a fine thing. Good luck with your project anyway. It’s hard enough writing a book without having to do it after a day’s work. I know because I’ve been there. 🙂

    • tazliz 6 November 2012 / 9:23 am

      I would love someone else to do the cooking! I’ve left instructions for tonight so here’s hoping. I find that when I get into my writing the world falls away and time races by which can be disasterous for the smooth running of work, home and family. Thanks for the words of encouragement. 🙂

  2. Alison 8 November 2012 / 5:42 pm

    I WILL finish Nano this year, I WILL, I WILL! Also I’ll try to make an appearance at some of the write-ins… Hopefully by the end of Nov we’ll have (at least!) two CCL staff novels. Good luck! 😀

    • tazliz 14 November 2012 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Alison. You are a busy person being a Wrimo and studying as well! Nanowrimo is hard work but it’s lots of fun and I love the no editing part. Makes a change from Uni essays. Good luck to you too. I haven’t made any of the meetings yet but hope to next week 🙂

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