At the stroke of midnight, October 31st, 2014, I will embark upon my third NaNoWriMo. This year, I’ll be doing what I wanted to do my first NaNo: focusing on completing my non-fiction WIP (Swimming with Swans) for submission in this month long challenge.
In NaNoWriMo lingo this means, I am being a rebel.
Basically, NaNoWriMo’s rules are to write 50,000 words in 30 days, starting the writing from scratch, amassing word count from November 1st through the 30th, and writing in the fiction genre of one’s choice. Because NaNoWriMo is geared towards penning a work of fiction from start to finish in 30 days, I heartily recommend anyone doing NaNoWriMo for the first time to do it ‘right.’ That way, all the resources, support systems, fun and informative pep-talks directly relate to the totality of the NaNo-ing experience.
My own first NaNo was exhilarating. Never having written an entire chapter of a novel much less the whole dang thing, I jumped in with eyes wide open and did it. Needless to say, it was a challenge but I got much more out of it by not being a rebel even if I pretty much pantsed* that one.
The NaNoWriMo bug bit me hard. I loved delving into fiction so much, I tackled my second NaNo with an outline in hand, adding planning* to my basic pantster approach. Both years yielded two NaNo Drafts I could sink my teeth into and edit/revise.
This year, I feel I have earned the right to rebel and focus on that original still in-progress non-fic mss along with some other stuff to add word count- HA! Essentially, I am using this year’s NaNo time to complete my Swimming with Swans project integrating my musical compositions alongside the vignettes. This expanded version is a project I’ve had in mind for some time.
In fact, I have coined a term I hope to get credit for if it indeed becomes a true new writing genre: Musical Non-Fiction.
Meanwhile, I’m off to the ‘NaNo Rebels’ forum on the NaNoWriMo site to declare my status. Yes, there’s a place for rebels in the world of NaNo.
*panster & planner- NaNo terms describing writing approaches