50,000 words just for fun

I’ve gone and done something silly. I signed up for NaNoWriMo. I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Well, I spent the first three days deliberating over whether I should sign up or not, and figuring out some kind of plot, genre, characters. Yesterday, on the 4th I wrote 1200 words. So only have to write, um, 2000 or so words a day for the rest of the month?! Not sure where I will squeeze in the spare time for this one, but I must say I’m really enjoying it so far. The last time I wrote so many words was over ten years ago. I had a co-author and we wrote for an interactive “choose your own adventure” style learning simulation about debt collection. Since then, blogging has been helpful to practice writing, along with collaborative blogging and writing projects like the Age of Conversation II.

I like the idea of this unpredictable, kamikaze approach to writing 50,000 words of fiction – the aim is quantity not quality, ignoring the inner editor – the very antithesis of my usual style. I decided that I wanted to have FUN doing it. So I’m writing a story in a fantasy genre, or perhaps a bit sci-fi, a bit of an adventure – set in the not too distant future. Girl meets boy. Girl saves the world. Or something like that.

image originally uploaded by Caramelody on Flickr

image originally uploaded by Caramelody on Flickr

It’s fun just letting the words spill out, creating a whole new landscape, characters and conversations. It’s a bit like life drawing, with words. So I’m giving myself an hour here or there to just type out whatever comes to mind, loosely wrapped around a plot. It would be nice to think I could finish the whole novel. I’ll be happy if I manage to write half. Either way, I think the creative process is doing me some good.

What kind of creative challenge do you enjoy? Do you join in with collaborative creative projects?