NaNoWriMo, My Dear Watson

In which Sherlock Holmes helps us understand NaNoWriMo

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Today I’m employing the help of a certain consulting detective (or… two) to give you the experience of doing NaNoWriMo, in a nutshell.

It’s going to be fun. Do you think it’s going to be fun? Do you know how fun it’s going to be?

What is NaNo like?

Nothing much.

I’m just going to write an entire novel of 50,000 words in 30 days.

. . .

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Day 1:

LET’S DO THIS THING!

(Because apparently Sherlock Holmes takes off his scarf? What does this mean, you ask? We’re going to go with it meaning “let’s do this thing.” Yeah.)

Day 2:

Random bystander: What are you…?

Me: Go away, I’m writing.

Day 4:

Waiiiiit a minute . . .

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Day 6:

MY NOVEL IS AWESOME.

Day 8:

A week down! …I’m done now, right?

Day 10:

What am I doing. Why am I writing a novel? How is it November?? I’M WRITING A NOVEL? IS IT REALLY NOVEMBER?

Day 12:

I’m a writer. I CAN DO THIIIIS.

Day 14:

Day 15:

Halfway through. 25k down, 25k to go.


Day 16:

Plot. I need… plot… Villains… motivation… obstacles? Plottish… things.

Day 18:

Wut r wurds…?

Day 20:

I don’t want to write anymore! All I want do is read a book!

Day 22:

…And hide behind lots of caffeine.

Day 24:

Me: I hate you, novel.

Novel:

Day 26:

Inner Editor: Your writing stinks.

Me:

Inner Editor: Seriously, though . . .

Me:

Day 28:

Smart writers with good advice: Just write the words! You can always edit later!

Me: NOOO! I CAAAN’T! FIX AAAALL THE PUNCTUATION!

Day 29:

WRITE ALL THE WORDS AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

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Day 30:

NaNo site: Congratulations, you have reached 50,000 words and won NaNoWriMo.

Me:


But if you really want NaNo in a nutshell…

It’s a mix of this:

(That’s abject horror and resigned despair, in case you were wondering…)

and this:

(of course replacing “four serial suicides and now a note” with “NaNoWriMo”… ;))

So. The real point of this post?

It’s NaNo!

Do you have your laptop? Are you ready to write?

Well then.

I repeat: IT’S NANOWRIMO.

Let the games begin.