…Cometh the blind irrational panic.
It’s just over a week until the start of the slogfest that is NaNoWriMo and I must confess I’m slightly nervous. From a logical standpoint it seems easy enough. 1667 words a day you say? I know I’m easily capable of knocking out that many words in about half and hour. So logically I should be able to complete the entire thing in one 17 hour stint. The problem is however, that logic, is bullshit. Like many a perfect mathematical system constructed for scientific purposes it ignore several factors which twist and warp the result into something far, far different. In this instance it’s piddly little things like the need to sleep, eat, and occasionally re-equilibrate fluid levels. That and the ever threatening claws of The Funk, waiting to pounce on my unsuspecting creativity. At the opposite end of the spectrum from the glories of 55 words/minute, is the situation I frequently find myself in, where I have no idea where I’m heading, no idea what I want to write, or what words to use. A time where it can take as long as three hours just to force out 50 poxy words. This is what fuels my dread at the prospect of this undertaking.
I have been taking measures to try and prevent this crushing deadlock. Last week I mentioned my intention to produce a plan, an outline, a manifesto of the insane swill that I planned to produce. Well that plan is now done. The entire story neatly parcelled up into 30 chapters with some brief notes as to what I want to happen, brief hints to events and plot, a road map to success? Well probably not, but I suspect it might help a bit. Focusing on one chapter a day and knowing more or less what needs to be covered should stop me from spending too much time worrying about what’s going to happen. It’s a bit of an experiment really, I’ve never really made a plan for anything I’ve written, I’ve always just worked from the vague nebulous ideas swilling around in the old brain sack, very much writing by the seat of my pants. This might be the root cause as to why I run into so many problems with actually getting stuff written. If it works for NaNoWriMo it might be something I adopt permanently in the future. And if it doesn’t help? Well you live and you learn. Part of me does hope that it works though, I did put quite a lot of effort into it. Hell, the “plan” runs to nearly 2000 words so it bloody well better be worth it, I’ve written stories shorter than that!
My main strategy for the coming month it going to be trying to blast out as many words as I physically can at the weekends when I have time aplenty, thus hopefully giving me some leeway with the word count. After all, it would be nice to take the odd break from the writing now and then so I can watch a bit of telly or, you know, sleep. I see this as the only really viable option with trying to fit the whole thing around actual, proper work. Although I do have a far bit of holiday that needs to be used up before the end of the year so I might end up taking the odd Monday off from work to fling out a few more words. It might even become a necessity, as it’s likely that there’ll be perhaps about four days in November when I probably wont be able to do any writing. In the middle of November my entire department’s being carted off for two days of “team building” at a hotel which I don’t have to pay for. The suffering that I must endure is just unspeakable. (That was sarcasm by the way, just in case you were wondering).
In non-NaNoWriMo related news, the blog has its own proper web address now, none of this glempy.wordpress.com malarkey any more. I went and purchased a proper domain, for I am a real and serious artist and creative person with serious aspirations and so forth. By that I naturally mean “I had a spare eight quid kicking about and thought it’d be nice”. So if you’re so inclined you should bookmark https://rogueverbumancer.com/ even though the old web address will still work, but forcing wordpress to redirect you just seems so cruel and inefficient.
Nottingham University’s Sci-fi and Fantasy Society (SFFS) also released the first issue of the ‘Zine for the academic year of 2011-2012, it features stories and articles from @Splend as well as Seeing a Man About a Dog the most recent instalment of The Trials and Adventures of Mister Callis, Assassin, Arsonist and Itinerant Bad Man. In addition to this there’s also a few other short stories from people I’ve never met but who I am quite sure are thoroughly delightful and respectable(ish) chaps and chapettes. The ‘Zine can be found here.
Updates might get a bit sporadic during November, but I’ll try and keep you all apprised with how dreadful everything is going.
And in case anyone was wondering the Pictonaut Challenge will still be happening in November, I’m hardly going to miss out on an opportunity for a free source of a thousand words now am I?