NaNoWriMo2016 and more

shield-nano-blue-brown-rgb-hiresWell, I managed to miss a few days already this week on my blog…but I don’t know that I’m even aiming to post something daily. I’m still working through how I’d like to utilize this site, so I didn’t miss anything. That’s a much healthier way to consider things.

Here are a few thoughts for today.

I’ve been doing much more writing recently, and am ecstatic that I’ve been able to do so. Just an idea of what I’m working on now:

  • an article on relationships/patriarchy/acceptance [which has grown far beyond the scope of the initial proposal, and will either morph into a series of articles or a larger piece for additional publication],
  • a new novel [more on that below],
  • a short story on memory,
  • various poems,
  • posts for this blog,
  • and soon, though not quite yet, my final edits to my first novel.

As you can see, I’ve had something of an artistic revival, for which I am very excited. My fiance has also been supportive, helping me hash out concepts and ideas, reading as I write, and offering feedback and potential edits, which not only helps the work improve but also helps keep me inspired. Something important is happening…and I am thrilled.

Yes, you read correctly in the list above, I am finally working on a new long piece of fiction. It’s an idea I concepted several years ago, tentatively titled “Trying, Again. Peytor’s Story.” I won’t reveal much about the actual piece at the moment, but the story of how I got started…it all boils down to NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. This is an annual event, in November of each year, which I’ve participated in two times previously. I hadn’t planned on trying this year, but yesterday, as I saw other writers post about it, I began to feel inspired. But I had no project on hand that would fit the NaNoWriMo model. So I pulled out some old ideas, and one particular concept clicked. It’s perfect for a number of reasons. The project is begun, and I’m happy to finally be working through it. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting excerpts to post over the course of the month.

What is NaNoWriMo? You can get plenty of information on their website: In brief, to quote said website: “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

I plan to include my NaNoWriMo word-count on each post this month. At this moment, I have 1,190 words.

camp nanowrimo

nanowrimoI first discovered NaNoWriMo this past November. NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – is essentially a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. The contest takes place annually in November. I made it to about 52,000 words in November 2012, and that novel now stands just shy of 90,000 words. Here in the netherland between 80 and 90 thousand words, I’ve fallen a bit off track. It’s not that I don’t enjoy working on my novel, and it’s certainly not that I’ve run out of things to write, or am experiencing writer’s block. The novel is going wonderfully, and I have many more things already planned out for the story line. I know where the novel is going, where it will end, and how it will get there. I’m just struggling to find the time to set aside and actually do the business of writing.

Just a few days ago I received an email from the people who organize NaNoWriMo – this year, there will be a Camp NaNoWriMo in April! I immediately went to sign up. I’m excited to again give myself a deadline and a word count, and I’m hoping that I’ll find the time to work intensely, just like I did in November. This camp will even let you set a word count other than 50,000 – though I think I’ll leave mine right there. Another 50,000 will bring me right to the edge of completion, if my calculations are correct.

If you’ve never done NaNoWriMo, or even if you have, I invite you to join me for Camp NaNoWriMo this April. If you decide to accept the challenge, you can look me up and “friend” me – my username is matthewejackson

Here’s the link – Camp NaNaWriMo

Happy writing (and reading) to you all this weekend!

**Next week, look for at least one more poem, a book review, and who knows what else may show up!

Matthew Jackson