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What shall I write?

If you are planning to attempt Nanowrimo this question gains importance in the last week of October.

NaNoWriMo is about writing 50K words of a novel. A story. It is always about stories, isn’t it?

The first stories are at the knees of the grandmothers (Mine wasn’t, but that’s another post).  And then it is the Magic Far-away Trees and school capers and later about the many grey shades of relationships, the mix interspersed with varied individual choices.

Stories are everywhere, aren’t they?

The Mahabharat and the Ramayan tell us the epic ones. Aesop’s Fables tell us the moral ones.

And real-life tells us its own.

Newspapers abound with stories; sometimes facts are much stranger than fiction. Stories hide in non-fiction books and they even hide in unexpected words.

There are stories in the food-courts of the malls. They are concealed in the passengers of the metro. They are there in the backyard of your own life.

My life is so boring, you say (Ok, I am not talking about Siddharth Mallya, here). It is. Excitement comes in small packages to make the monotony of daily life bearable. Grab those exciting experiences and write about them. Or better still enhance those boring bits and make life exciting for your protagonist. There are no limits for what your characters can do.  Live through them? If you must, then do. With authenticity and an interesting turn of phrase.

This is even more fun when you are a first-time wrimo. There is so much story just bubbling to come out that even 50K words begin to seem less. Make the most of this cornucopia. And if you ever harbor a desire to be an author, this is an experience you cannot afford to not have. You will cherish it forever.

Ah! Stories!

So, have you decided what you are going to write about this November?


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  1. Manu Kurup on said:

    I think I’m interested in this idea. 🙂

  2. Of doing NaNoWriMo, Manu? That is one terrific idea.


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