NaNoWriMo 2011 in the Hizzy!

Oh yes, this is the year I finally do it. I not only have the background I need but some really good, monster-appeasing reasons to do this thing. National Novel Writing Month is about to be crossed off the life list!

The Background

If writing were a religious endeavor, I would say I have found my Church. While I have always considered myself a natural writer, I never had any formal training in it beyond what they teach you in school. I certainly had no idea how to go about writing a book except taking the seed of an idea and a blank document and just hammering it out.

Then I found Larry Brooks at Storyfix.com. I learned that there is a tried and true process for getting it out of one’s head and onto the page. There is a structure upon which to base the story. There are techniques for fleshing out all of the elements of a story (The Six Core Competencies of Storytelling). I have been gobbling up every word and am quickly becoming an evangelist. Well, maybe not quite an evangelist. I do believe that people vary and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to anything, so I would never be pushy about it.

This, however, fits me. It appeals to both sides of my brain; I get to organize and plan on the one hand and let my imagination run free on the other. I have also discovered software for that makes using my newfound techniques easy: Storyist. While I am just beginning to learn the ins and outs of it, thankfully I have some clients who have volunteered to be guinea pigs (would you like to join them? Get in touch to see how you can receive the LMWS treatment at a ridiculously low rate).

The Monsters and Their Appeasement

I cannot speak for anyone else, but I would assume most of us can relate to hearing some internal dialogue along the lines of:

  • “Are you crazy?! What makes you think you can pull off something like this?”
  • “You don’t have enough experience!”
  • “There isn’t enough time!”
  • “All time and energy needs to be focused on making money, not on fulfilling childhood dreams!”

I call them monsters, and I have effectively silenced their well-meaning but hazardous tirade. LMWS is entering a new phase of being. Offerings are going to change. The mission is evolving. Writing and self-publishing a book has become research for this change. I tell the monsters:

  • “I may be crazy, but that’s exactly why I can pull this off.”
  • “The only way to get experience is to do it.”
  • “I am creating the time for this because it is important.”
  • “I am doing this for my business. I can help my clients by doing it myself first. The result doesn’t even have to be good because it’s about the process.”

And So the Journey Begins

I am raring to get going on the planning of my story. If only I had a story in mind! I can’t begin to accomplish the goal of completing all prep work before November if I don’t have a concept to build on. I know I can’t force it, that I can only create room for inspiration to strike. I do that by practicing Shiva Nata, meditating, moving and daydreaming. Maybe my muse will see this post and decide to make an appearance.

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Please leave a comment about any of the ideas I’ve presented here (writing techniques, monsters, elusive muses) and be sure to let me know if you’re thinking about/planning to do NaNoWriMo this year!

1 Comment

  1. Yay!! From Stephanie to NaNoWrMo!! You can do it!! I agree about Larry Brooks and his Story Engineering, as well as the Storyist software. I know you can do anything you put your mind to!!

    And truly, if you want to get your book out of your head and out into the world, let Christine help you with that! She’s very good at it. 🙂
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