I Bet I Can Write A Book

October 30, 2015 discussion, miscellaneous 20

After all, how hard can it be, right? Hahaha. Haha. Ha. Help.

Let me tell you a secret: Ever since I was a child, I wanted to write a book. As you all know, I still like reading today, but when I was a child it was basically all I did. I devoured books. It was my happy escape from reality, and I don’t know what my childhood would have been without books. So I guess it only made sense that I wanted to give some of that back. I wanted to give someone else the chance to experience what I’d experienced. More than that, writing became my way of dealing with things. I wasn’t writing that much, but whenever that teenage angst overcame me, and I was overwhelmed with some emotion or another, I turned to writing.

Over the years I wrote short stories for friends, in which they got together with their crushes; took Literature in school and wrote some more short stories, and a couple of years ago, I dabbled in fanfiction for a bit. I wrote shitty poetry and whiny diary entries and a story about our car Brunnhilde (don’t judge, she was part of the family). And then, of course, I started blogging. The one thing I never wrote was a book. I started countless books, but, like so many others, I never had the motivation to write past chapter two.

Bearing all of that in mind, what crazy devil is possessing me to loudly proclaim on my blog that I bet I can write a book? Well, at the end of last year I made a list of 2015 goals. One point on that list is “This year I want to participate in NaNoWriMo and win”. In case you don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It always happens in November and basically means you pledge to write 50.000 words in 30 days. I’m pretty sure that when I put that on the list, I didn’t actually plan to do it. I mean I wanted to, and it sounded nice, but I don’t think I believed that I’d really go through with it and, if I did, that I could actually win. It was just something that sounded good, but it’s been sounding good for years, and every year I say “oh yes, I’ll totally do that next year”.

I almost did that again this year. I even have a better excuse than ever – I need to write a 25 page long essay that was technically due at the end of August. I haven’t even properly started it yet, and I also need to at least try to keep up with my current uni assignments and work two times a week. But you know what? Screw all of that, I really want to write a book. Or maybe I just want to casually drop “oh yeah, I wrote a book” every once in a while in conversation, who knows. Either way it amounts to the same thing: I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo, and I’m going to procrastinate like the professional I am, but I’m also going to do my damnedest to write those 50.000 words. And I’m telling you all, so I’ll at least feel mildly ashamed if I don’t keep my promise.

I’m sure I’ll update on how it’s going throughout November, either as a weekly thing or at random intervals; I haven’t decided yet. I also already scheduled two posts a week for the entire month, so ironically there will be more posts than usual throughout the month. Oops? I’ll probably regret this, but let me know if you have any ideas for what I should do as a punishment if I lose my bet.

Are you a writer? If you are, have you ever participated in NaNo? Any last minute tips?

20 Responses to “I Bet I Can Write A Book”

  1. Lola

    When I was a teenager I also wrote a lot, poems or stories or just what I was feeling. It helped me deal with things, nowadays I have my blog to express myself through writing. I don’t have to urge to write a book anymore, I am pretty happy with my current job as tour organizer and my blog still allows me to write.
    Good luck with NaNoWriMo! I hope you’ll reach the goal! Do you already know what kind of book you’re going to write or is that a secret?
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    • Vlora


      Thank you! Nooot exactly, but I think it’s going to be an urban fantasy/fairytale/adventure kind of thing. I’ll tell you when I know! :D And yes, blogging is definitely awesome for expressing yourself. :)
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  2. verena

    when I was younger I also wrote a lot of diary, poems, poetry slam texts and story beginnings. I finished a lot of it but never a real story. I guess the longest one was Sercentia, which you already know a bit:D

    I always wrote articles for school, school and student magazines and other (online-) magazines. writing is one of my passions, I guess.

    I think I won’t come up with 50.000 words for NaNoWriMo, but I will start at least.

    You really should bake a cake if you lose your bet! and give it to me :D
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  3. Romi

    HAPPY WRITING VLORA! I’m proud of you for not backing out this year, especially when it’s an intense challenge and month of writing. It’s been so much fun, each time I’ve done it- I’m feeling particularly nostalgic this year because I decided I wasn’t participating last week. I’ve got a lot I’m already focusing on, writing wise, and thought it was for the best.
    Please do post updates! OR SNIPPETS! I’d love to see how your work is coming along.
    And just know that, with my former mention of being proud of you, you absolutely cannot back out now. *smiles*
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    • Vlora


      Thanks so much, Romi! It IS intense, isn’t it? Ah, what a pity! I would have loved to write with you, but I’m sure your other projects are awesome too. :) Oooh snippets is a good idea! I’ll see if I come up with anything worth sharing! Ah shucks, I guess I can’t. :D
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  4. Jackie

    I discovered Nanowrimo some years ago when I was completing my final year in college. I saw it as a way to procrastinate all homework due for all of my crappy “left over” classes. So, I didn’t go in to it with anything planned. Needless today, I stopped writing after a week. Now, I just…keep putting it off. I really like the idea of it, and I’m a member of those addictive boards, but I’ve never attempted it since. Maybe next year? Heck. Maybe I won’t even wait for next November…
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    • Vlora


      Ahem. I am totally, definitely, absolutely, completely not procrastinating my important university work to write this book. At all.

      Which boards? Don’t wait! You can still jump in now; it’s only day one. :)
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  5. Olivia Roach

    YAY for Nanowrimo! I have added you now, so you’ll be seeing me around ^^ I have participated three times now and I think I won them all xD I was going to set myself a lower goal that the 50k for this month but now I started my novel, I have fallen in love with speedwriting again ^^ MY advice? I would have to say use those weekends like there is no tomorrow. Honestly, weekdays are usually and always jampacked with things to be done, as are weekends but you have that little bit of extra time where you can stuff as many things as possible into your novel.
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    • Vlora


      Yay, awesome! And GO YOU for winning all those times. There’s certainly something to be said for getting all the words down without worrying too much about every little detail. I think that’s what stopped me a lot of the time before, so this is definitely a good exercise for me! :) Ah yeah, I know what you mean. I already know there are going to be days when I won’t be able to write, so I’m trying to make up for it on the other days, but it’s kind of hard, because I’m a bit of a slow writer. I think it’ll all work out though!

  6. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    This is FABULOUS. I am so excited that you are doing this too, and holding yourself so accountable! I am trying, and I don’t know that I will actually make 50K by the end of the month, just because of life, but I am going to try! And, I have already written far more words than last year’s abysmal 400. (No, seriously, in the whole month.)

    The gifs? Perfection. Wait, can we use gifs in books?? No? (I LOVED that episode of New Girl, by the way ;) )
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    • Vlora


      I need to; otherwise I’ll just stop after two days! And I’m sure we’ll get there; life will have to take a step back (honestly, I’m neglecting everything else hardcore, but I guess that’s slightly more difficult with children haha). Ah hey, 400 is still more than 0! UM YES WE CAN. In ebooks. In the future. Possibly… Although all the books would just be so much shorter with gifs, because they’re so perfect to express certain feelings haha. And I loved that episode of New Girl too! I generally love when characters on tv shows set out to write a book thinking it’s going to be super easy and then fail hardcore, because… well, I can relate, but also schadenfreude. :D

  7. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    I can relate to this SO MUCH!! I have wanted to write a book for the longest time and I finally decided to participate in my first ever NaNoMoWri. Even though I have my plot and scenes planned out, it’s HARD. It’s even harder to put yourself out there and tel people that you are going to do it. I was terrified to tell anyone I was going to do it because I figured I would chicken out. I just hope I don’t get writer’s block after 10,000 words. Good luck!
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    • Vlora


      Awesome, go us! I’m telling people, so I’ll be too embarrassed to chicken out! :D So far it’s going fine, but the thought that I have to do it three more weeks is slightly terrifying. :D I think the great thing about NaNo is that it doesn’t really allow writer’s block. When I have no idea what to write, I need to force myself to write something anyway, and it’s probably going to be crap, but at least there are words! Good luck!!!
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