So as I’m fairly certain I mentioned in previous posts, I’m gearing up to do NaNoWriMo (which is short for National Novel Writing Month) next month. But I haven’t written anything longer than 1,000 words since sophomore year of University of Iowa. I like writing short stories – the shorter the better is what I’ve been feeling lately.
But I’ve wanted to write a novel since high school. Even now, I want to be able to write a novel. But as November creeps closer and closer, I have no idea what I should want about. I have no plot, no character, no ideas whatsoever. I have lots of ideas that will work as shorter stories, but nothing that I think I could make into 50,000 words. I don’t want to get to November 1st and have nothing and put off NaNo for another year. But I’m really struggling. My mind is still all over the place and I have a lot going on outside of writing.
I’m really hoping inspiration hits me over the weekend and I can get some plot outlined or figure out a character or two. I’m still really heavily influenced by HP Lovecraft and Welcome To Night Vale, but I’m also reading the epic fantasy series by George RR Martin. And watching a ton of trashy TV. Lots and lots of trashy, drama-filled TV. It’s my guilty pleasure. Except I’m not really guilty about it.
And there ya go. See how quickly I got off topic there? I can’t seem to focus long enough to work through an idea in its entirety. Maybe I need a change of scenery. I’m living in my parent’s basement and since I don’t yet have a job and I hardly go out because I know zero people in the QC. Maybe I need to go to a park or coffee shop and sit for a few hours or something to get the creative juices flowing again. I start running on Sunday, so maybe that’ll help, too.
I don’t even have a little 100 word story to share today. My creativity decided to take a vacation, it seems. So I guess I’ll just leave it here for this post. If any of you, my readers, are writers, please share your experiences with writers block or NaNoWriMo in the comments!
Enjoy the journey, even if you don’t know the plot!