So November is over, and with it, NaNoWriMo. No, I didn’t make my target this year, in case you were wondering, but it was a conscious decision not to. What I was writing was just not how I wanted the story to procede, and continuing would’ve been detrimental. Still, I got the bulk of a certain project down as a first draft, and I’m uber thrilled about that.
I’ve noticed that every December seems to go the same way as the last. I seem to get this weird, NaNoWriMo-type hangover. I’ve always stopped writing in December, despite having grand proclamations that I’ll continue and smash out 100,000 words in two months, I never do.
Whilst my amazing partner charges into December with a writing attitude I’ve never been able to emulate, I’ve found myself floundering. With my project still evolving and changing in my head, I’m reluctant to try to write any of it down. Currently going through a 3rd storyline update, I don’t think I can tame this monster in my usual fashion.
So I turned to handwriting.
Whilst my MMO-induced RSI complains loudly about this idea, I’ve found it to be helpful, refreshing and motivating. I even went so far as to start writing with my quill, which my parents bought me in Venice 2014. Because I have to write slowly and carefully so as to not damage the nib, I have to think about what I’m doing instead of shooting for a word count.
And then I took it one step further and started writing the book anew in my hand-bound, recycled-paper journal.
Then I shook myself from my hipster-like, ink-splattered funk and started transcribing what I’d done to my computer.
But the main thing is, I’m writing for the first time since mid-November. And I’m excited about it, I really am. Plugging myself into my iPod and handwriting by candlelight is so gosh darn inspiring, I can’t recommend it enough (insert fire safety warning here).
The point I’m trying to get across is ‘try out different mediums before giving your book up as a lost cause’. Narrate it to yourself, paint scenes from it, handwrite or even just take your laptop to an unfamiliar environment.
We are creators, and we need fresh environments and methods to remain inspired. It’s not rocket-science, really.