Why November is Like Putting On a Crazy Hat and Loving It! (NaNoWriMo)

Denny's MermaidsI am doing it again.( What’s that you say?) National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is less than 36 hours away!!!! And I have signed on the dotted line and will be making myself crazy in November.

And don’t ask why do it if it makes you crazy. Because I. Can’t. Help. Myself. I love the insanity of it all. Churning out 50,000 words in a month is exciting! And this year I’m going really wild and have decided to write at least 35,000 words that make sense!

So what does that mean?  Plotting! Character arcs? Planning. Preparation! (damn)…

One of the challenges for me as a writer is that I love plotting. Because I love plotting so much that my plots become Godzilla – and stomp out every other aspect of my storytelling, leaving me with half-baked characters, smashed scenery and oh, yeah, very little emotion (just a lot of screaming).

Okay, its not really that bad…but I used to think of plotting as the best thing I do. And yes, we all know there are things we writers do better than other things (and we also know there are those writers who do all things right, bless them). But I’m talking about recognizing the difference between plotting and missing the boat on story telling. You think that’s obvious. Well, guess what, for me – not so obvious until recently.

So enough of me going on and on. Are you doing Nanowrimo? If so, please find me and Be. My. Friend – I’m Denny S. Bryce and am looking forward to being wild and crazy for 30 days (and hey, don’t say that’s not new!). nanowrimo2-308x450