November is over, and that means all of those people who did NaNoWriMo will stop posting Facebook updates about their progress. I tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times and failed quickly. There are two reasons for my failure, I think. First, I don’t have enough time to write that many words every day. Well, I do have the time, but I apparently would rather be doing other things. The second reason is probably a better one. I don’t think I enjoy writing fiction. At least I don’t think I like it.
Do I really not like writing fiction? When I ask myself that question, I have trouble answering it. I’m always thinking of story ideas, but I don’t jot down those ideas and keep them on file like real writers are supposed to do. When I do start writing a story I start thinking of so many details to include that it makes me tired. I feel like I just want to get to the point and then wrap it up.
A few years ago I had this idea that I would write story components that I could hyperlink to each other at strategic points. I was creating something interesting, I think, but it wasn’t a story. Maybe it could have been. Maybe I should try that approach again.
I just Googled the terms “hyperlink story” and got some results, including this one. So it’s actually a thing! Gotta look into it.
I reckon I’ll continue to struggle. I will also grapple with dance and with art. I hope I can get some enjoyment out of it.