November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. People from all around the world sign up to write 50,000 words in 30 days; which equates to 1667 words per day in case you were wondering. This was my third time aboard the Nano rollercoaster, and unlike previous years, I didn’t write 50,000 words. I ran out of steam at about 21,000.
Should I have planned a bit more? Or sent my husband and kids away for the month? Or outsourced all the cooking, shopping, and cleaning?
What I think happened, is that I can see the potential for my story, and wanted to give it the proper thought, research, daydreaming, and attention that it deserves. Perhaps the writing process needed to be savoured a bit more. Considering the main character Henry is a boy who loves to cook and eat (much like myself), savouring the writing feels right.
There were plenty of highlights for me during the month though, and these are some of them:
- The interest and encouragement from friends, family, and online writing groups. A friend even bought me this sprout hair clip, to help ‘good ideas to sprout’. And I didn’t accidently leave the house with it in my hair once!
- Surströmming, a type of Swedish fermented stinky fish, which appears in my story. I wept with laughter watching the many clips on YouTube where people encounter this for the first time. Hilarious!
- Falling in love with my tiny desk. She may be small (are desks like ships, and always female???) but I loved sitting down at her every day to write.
- Writing in cafes with good Coffee.