Pantsing My A** Off With JuNoWriMo
Posted on June 9, 2012
Yesterday, I wrote about being a Planner or a Pantser in terms of writing in my blog post. Today, I joined a cool movement that branches off of the ideas for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which usually occurs in November. At their website, http://JuNoWriMo.com, Becca J. Campbell and A.E. Howard banded together to create the same type of goal for June.
If you’re unfamiliar with or confused about the goal, it is simply to write a novel in one month, or at least 50,000 words in 30 days. As stated on their Home page, that averages out to about 1,667 words per day. Some of the issues that writers face, including myself, is setting writing goals and meeting them. With a strict deadline such as just 30 days, you kind of don’t have a choice but to get writing, and, as their website banner says, “just write.”
Now, I missed the opening days and the first week of the writing event, but I picked up on it through Twitter today. Starting with a top-of-the-hour writing sprint, I sat down, turned off everything else, and just wrote. After 15 minutes, I stopped to see what I had, which was just over 200 words, although I think I would be on the low side of word producers because I correct and edit as I go along. A lot of people would say that for an exercise like JuNoWriMo and writing sprints, you should just write and edit later. But what I did get was the beginning to a short story that I need to write for next week’s writing workshop, so I call it a win.
After exploring the website a bit, I decided to sign up officially. I created a profile which required me to come up with a title for my book and a description. Within a few minutes, I actually had just that – a title and description to a book that requires very little planning from me. And just like that, I let go of my obsessive Planning needs and started Pantsing everything for this project. If you want to see that title and description, go here.
Within the website, you can find a community of others who are writing as well. You can join a specific group, like Young Adult or Fantasy. And you keep a running update of how many words you’ve accomplished as you go along. Today just because of the sheer novelty of it as well as for the fun, I’ve written more collective words than I’ve done in a week before. I will admit that the Planner in me still pops its head up with this novel idea as there are a few details that need to be thought about before pushing the story forward. But I promise, it’s not nearly as bad as it normally is.
So if you’re looking for a writing project that will force you to just write, I highly recommend JuNoWriMo. If you can, throw them a little financial support through their PayPal link as well to help them maintain the website, but it’s not a requirement to join the fun and see what you can create. You can also get some needed push if you follow them through Twitter: @JuNoWriMo, @beccajcampbell, and @aehowardwrites. Today, I’ve joined a few writing sprints that have produced some decent writing. But more importantly, I’m having fun as a Pantsing writer. Let’s see what becomes of it by the end of June!