I know, I know. You’re wanting me to start the recaps of Jem and the Holograms. Well, too bad. Today I feel like talking about something else.
November is only a few short days away. Guess what that means?
…Besides turkey comas and non-stop Christmas specials?
November isn’t just that month that gets you panicked for Christmas. It’s also National Novel Writing Month, which is a thing some people started to help promote literacy. You can check out their site here but basically, what you do is you sign up and agree to TRY to write 50,000 words starting on November 1st and ending at midnight on November 30th.
That’s a lot of words. And you’re not the only one who thinks so.
Everyone who has helped organize the event agree that
you’d have to be insane it’s a crazy goal to attempt. Even though a lot of people will sign up, they don’t think many will finish. But like with most marathosn, finishing isn’t really the goal. The point is just to get you to start writing because apparently, despite all the blogs and fanfiction, there is just not a lot of literacy going on in the world today. And really, with crap like Twilight being a bestseller, I kinda have to agree.
Not that I’m completely hating on Twilight. I have succumbed to the crack that Stephanie Meyer has been dishing out to
lonely, heartbroken women and teenage girls.
It’s quite possibly the worst written thing ever, but, if you’ve ever been one of those people who falls head over heels in love and then builds up a romance in your head that the real relationship can in no way realistically match, then you totally get where Meyers is coming from and you can fill in the gaps for yourself.
And it just got me thinking, if she can write that piece of crap and become a millionaire, why can’t I?
Did you know JK Rowling (the chick who invented Harry Potter) was on foodstamps when she started writing The Sorcerer’s Stone? I’m on foodstamps too!!
Although, truth be told, I don’t think I’m as good a writer as JK Rowling. She’s good with action, character development, combining magic and mystery into a realistic environment, and…you know…plot.
I’m most definitely on the same plane as Stephanie Meyers (I even copy and pasted some writing samples on iwl.me to make sure). I can:
- make up characters that stand around and talk about how much they love/hate each other. Or how sad and heartbroken they are. Or how they can’t stop thinking about the person that they love/hate so much and it makes them feel so sad and heartbroken.
- Use the word murmur repeatedly.
- And, I’m really good at writing run-on sentences and/or sentence fragments and pretending that it’s poetic license because really, I’m trying to portray a stream of consciousness and nobody thinks in grammatically correct sentences. (Right? I know I don’t.)
One thing that I do have over Stephanie Meyer?
I like to pretend that I have a sarcastic, witty sense of humor. It comes across much better when I’m writing it out since nobody knows how long it took me to think of my snappy comebacks or offhand insults. It also helps if the subject I’m making fun of is being continuously insulted on a daily basis.
My point isn’t that I’m a better writer than Stephanie Meyer. (Although I totally think I am.) It’s that she is an actual paid author. She’s a millionaire.
And it’s all because she wasn’t afraid to sit down and actually write all her stuff out.
I’m stuck rambling on the interwebz at 1 am to nine people who probably just clicked the link on my facebook page cuz they wanted to be wonderful, supportive, amazing friends. (And you totally are! Thank you!)
And I’m not getting paid for this.
Hence the food stamps.
Hence the reference to JK Rowling.
And hence the decision to sign up for NaNoWriMo.
Which leads me back to my original reason for writing this post.
What the hell is a Pantser?
Or better yet, who came up with that term?
Cuz all the NaNoWriMo blog entries and various other blogs about writing (like this one and this one) all mention Planners Vs. Pantsers. Which I totally wanted to see as like an epic battle between hipsters and people who ran around pantsing them…
But alas, it’s a boring battle. And while those blogs did have some helpful writing tips, there were a LOT of words and nowhere near enough pictures of Disney characters in amusing setups. I’m going to summarize:
- Planners are people who are OCD with their writing. They have indepth character analysis, twenty page story outlines, extensive research notes on every single part of their story, and who know EXACTLY what they’re going to write as soon as they sit down.
- Pantsers are people who “fly by the seat of their pants”. They get a random idea, sit down and kind of just write down whatever pops up in their head. They usually have a general idea of what they want, they just don’t know how they’re going to get there.
I’m more of a pantser. And dude…I so do not want to end up like Aladdin…well, ending up like him would be fine. I mean he gets a palace, the love of his life, tons of money and gets to hang out with his friends all day…I just mean…you know, the part where he’s scrounging around for food and just trying to make it through the day without getting killed off by palace guards or seduced by plus sized women. All of which could be metaphors for random plot bunnies and poorly thought out written scenarios.
So maybe planning some stuff out would be a good idea…
And guess what? This blog entry was over 1000 words long! So hypothetically, all I have to do for NaNoWriMo is write about fifty more blog entries of about the same length.
In one month.
That sounds easy enough, right?