Wednesday, 7 November 2012

#IWSG: How do you commit to a story?

In my last post, I spoke about how I was being a wee cool cucumber with regards to NaNoWriMo 2012. Indeed, on the 1st November, I still didn't have an inkling of what I was going to write about.

Every time I thought up a new idea, it didn't grab me, or excite me enough to want to commit 50k words to it. I have a plethora of ideas in a document at home, but I was reluctant to revert to it. I wanted something new. Something fresh. Something experimental.

That's when the insecurity set in. What if nothing looks appealing enough to write about? What am I all about, not creating an outline? Why am I making it hard for myself?

As the panic set in, my mind instantly started to cloud over. The gates of my imagination welded shut.

There was only one way to get that gate back open and I'm blogging about it today so that every time I start a new project and feel stuck, I can look back and remember what to do...

I need to, at all times, immerse myself in creative expression. You'd be hard pushed to find anything better than the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. I defy you to come away from it unscathed.

I'd covered no more than a mere corner of the gallery (The Glasgow Boys gallery, to be exact. Go see it. It's splendid), when my NaNo story appeared from nowhere and practically assaulted me. I had to keep perching on a nearby seat to scribble down ideas before they disappeared forever, and when it came to typing them up, I was finally grabbed.

Seven days in and I'm currently sitting at 11,056 words. I'm really happy with that, considering I've been blighted by sinusitis the past few days. It's hard conjuring up the motivation to write when it hurts to move your eyeballs even a fraction. I don't like moaning about illness though, it's depressing. On a brighter note, I did discover that I don't need my eyeballs to type. I seem to drift off into a weird gaze whilst my fingers navigate my well-worn keyboard.

I just knew that "Teaching Yourself to Touch Type" CD ROM I purchased eight years ago would come in handy one day...

I suspect many members of the Insecure Writers Support Group will also be doing NaNo and might not have the time to visit their usual amount of blogs. That's not to stop you visiting them, though. Go do it here! They're all lovely.

How are you all getting on with your writing projects? Also, what is it about your story that made you commit to it? How did you get the balls to see past your "blank page" insecurities? Do share... :) x ◦


Melissa said...

I'm not doing Nano. Drive to write is not my problem. Finding time is.

I'm working on my 3rd novel, but I'm stalled out doing research over a plausibility snag that came up. (It's a HR) I'm almost ready to start writing again. Woohoo! :D

Found you via IWSG. :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, actually wrote a book called "No Plot, No Problem" - it's very good! I didn't really have an idea for my NaNo novel either until four days before I'm just going with it. I have no idea how it will end or the twists, but it's fun to write that day!

Good luck with the rest of NaNo! You can do it! :)

LindaC said...

The museum looks amazing! So glad it freed your mind and got you going :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

I hope you feel better soon!

Glad you finally found some inspiration for NaNoWriMo. :) I decided on my NaNo project from writing a few pages of a rough outline for it a few months previous, and then figuring I had enough material to work with for at least 50k words.

Anne Mackle said...

11,000 words? Go you Catherine,there's no stopping you now.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Wow! You go girl! I mean it, you are really going :D

Cool photo too.

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