I’m doing NaNoWriMo, as a rebel, differently.

What’s the difference between a pronoun, a grapheme, and a consonant?

I have absolutely no idea! In fact, I even had to look up how to spell ‘consonant’ as I thought it was spelt *constenant.

This is what I most love about writing, particularly today; the fact that one can write any way they so wish, structured to their taste and in a format that they can relate to – and it’s all completely valid in it’s approach.

It took me four years of writing to adopt the tag line writer because to me one had to be published, in either a hard book, a prominent publication or as an established author. Turns out writing regularly on a blog counts too. Even after features in some of the biggest blogs on the internet, I still had doubts. Then one day I just decided; I am a writer. It’s what I really love to do. And I’m kind of good at it sometimes. Other times? Not so. But each piece I pen adds to the body of work that may one day be a legacy, even if it’s too only a small group.

If you’re like me, and you write too, you may have had a desire to extend your creativity to something that can outlast even the increment of time that is the screen in your hand. A book. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re still a writer, but it just means you’ve added something extra to your legacy.

Welcome to November. Welcome, to NaNoWriMo.

Writers the world over are commencing NaNoWriMo on November 1st. In fact, they do that on the same day, every year, challenging themselves to solidifying fifty thousand words before the months end. The are rules to the challenge, which you can google and find out, but that kind of detail is not of interest here, at least not in the first instance. The challenge does stipulate however that it’s a novel that is to be written, quite rightly why NaNoWriMo breaks down to National Novel Writing Month.

Here’s the conundrum–

That would mean I’d have to once and for all know the difference between fiction and nonfiction, a difference I forget almost as quick as I learn it. Everytime. But the regular readers here would know I only ever write nonfiction, albeit in storytelling form. My favourite type of writing.

While eating two slices of white toast, with melted butter and a generous drizzle of honey this morning, the twitter, in all its blue and white glory pouring out of my screen, taught me an interesting thing – there are some out there, that although being participants of #NaNoWriMo, are a sort of #NaNoRebel, a group of writers who will still participate in the challenge of writing throughout November, but against the common rules. And besides, rules are meant to be broken, right?

So here’s the thing; the #blogtober challenge is coming to an end tomorrow, with my 31st post dropping during the day. If I’m honest about it, I’m sad to see it end. I really enjoyed it this year. So much so that I’ve made a commitment to myself to still continue blogging each and every day from here on in. That’s right, a daily blog post from this here blog. The #blogtober challenge has invigorated a new sense of blogging purpose for me.

How does this tie in with NaNoWriMo?

I like to do things differently. There is always a world of noise in the blogosphere and particularly around writing, especially when a challenge is involved, so one needs to sit on the edge a little. I’m setting myself a challenge I’ve wanted to complete for a while now, and I’m taking you along the journey, behind the scenes, each and everyday, if you’ll honour me your presence. This is the plan;

This November, I’m going to complete my first end-to-end draft manuscript for an autobiography of sorts, to be published, as my first authored book sometime after that.

To most, this may not mean a great deal, but I’m quitely confident this book will be something different. Everyone has a story to tell that’s worth hearing, it’s just how you tell the story that makes all the difference.

There have been a growing handful of you in what I now like to call my tribe, or community, that have stuck around. You know who you are. I’m hoping this far into my blogging career you’ll support me in my journey through nothing more than following along as I do this differently.

Here’s what to expect from my NaNoWriMo project

  1. I’ll commit to writing the first complete draft of the book during November. Remember, it’s a little rebellious in that it’s not exactly a novel, but let’s not let that phase us, shall we?
  2. Across my key social platforms (Instagram, twitter, YouTube, Facebook and my anchor podcast) as well as my newsletter I will take you behind the scenes of what it takes to write a manuscript, from scratch, with no previous authorship experience. I’ll share insights and previews into the chapters, their stories and document the whole journey.
  3. I’ll keep you up-to-date on my word count progress, not that it’s any quality indicator, but I figure it’ll be fun.

There are some of us out there that never would have dreamed of being a writer. I know, being a young highschooler in the class room, laughed at for yelling out “A, E, I, O, U” when the teacher asked what’s a noun, this certainly wouldn’t have been something I would have thought I’d be doing. I didn’t even read my first novel until I was well into my teen years. Yet, here we are.

If my blog can be a little beacon for another writer to follow suit, I’ve done my part as a writer. This whole process of writing a book shouldn’t be so farfetched. *Authors, laugh now.

One the eve of the end of #blogtober 2018, I’m feeling as though it was the first day all over again. Ready to partake in another journey with you. If, like always, you’re willing to follow along?

Ivan.

Read #blogtober 29: October Favourites | What I’m diggin’ this month.

4 thoughts on “I’m doing NaNoWriMo, as a rebel, differently.

  1. Oooh, an autobiography! I’ve been asking lots of people what they plan to write for NaNoWriMo but you’re the first to say an autobiography – that’s awesome! Best of luck to you!
    I’m trying my hand at soft scifi ~ ala~ Space Opera. I expect it to be quite fun. πŸ™‚

    1. Yuo, wanted something a little different. I’m not creative enough for fiction so this was the approach that felt good, but still in story form πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ€“.

      Space opera, that’s unique too. I haven’t heard that one yet. That will definitely be fun, especially with some humour. Enjoy! 😁

      Thanks so much for reading. Ivan.

    1. Thank you, so much. So far so good. Finished drafts of 3 chapters. It’s been interesting moving from blogging to book writing, books allow alot more room for depth. I’ve had to stretch myself in that regard. But it’s nice.

      The writing going well for you?

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