“Giving yourself permission to write horribly is a really liberating process.”
– Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo)
With that in mind, I am taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, along with *every other blogger in the world who thinks they have a novel in them* (that’s ALL of us, you realise that, right?).
The objective of NaNo (see, how I am shortening it, like I am one of the cool kids?!) is to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November; that’s 1667 words a day. The goal is to write quantity, not quality… to avoid working and reworking that one sentence in favour of just getting the story onto the page. Best case, at the end, I will have written the first, very rough draft of an awesome piece of work. Worst case, I will have written completely incoherent ramblings that make me cringe, and I will never want to write anything ever again, EVER.
Of course it will be erotic fiction with a D/s theme (what else?!), and probably at least partly autobiographical, because fiction is not my forte. So far all I have done is toyed with some titles, that’s all (because procrastinating by pretending the title is pivotal to the effort is easier than tackling an actual storyline!):
– Graceful degradation
– Kneeling grace
– Passion for pain
– My boy and me
– Kneel, boy
– Inside him
– Shed your skin, let’s get started
– On love and pain
– Hurt me, I love you
– Pretty boy thing
Any more ideas welcome. Also a non-linear plot, some complex subplots, and some compelling characters…
I may post extracts here as I go (some for pure comedic value, I am sure), and I might add a word counter that I update daily to help keep me on track (see now, searching for such a blog widget is suddenly my next procrastination project… I am going to struggle, I can tell… oooh, look… shiny!!).
I will try not to be incessantly whiny about it during November, but I can’t promise. Fellow NaNo-ers… feel free to gripe, whine, panic and generally cause havoc here whenever you want.