NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo?

It is the abbreviation for ‘National Novel Writing Month’ which is considered to be the November of every year.

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What all we have to do to participate in this is to Sign up on NaNoWriMo website, open Microsoft Word or any other software you use for writing, start writing a novel, and maintain your word count on your NaNoWriMo account on daily basis. Hurrah! You are participating in a novel writing program among millions of other writers.

You don’t have to craft up your novel by editing every single sentence you’re writing and you don’t have to look back, you don’t even have to complete the novel, you don’t have to make sense of anything, and you don’t have to write the best of novels. To win all you have to do is: 1. Start writing a novel, and 2. Write until you reach 50,000 words in the month of November.

Umm… Now to achieve the required word count may seem a bit difficult but each person who writes knows that writing is not difficult, but editing is which you don’t have to do or worry about. All you need to do is go with the flow so that you know you can write and you can achieve. This activity is to make you believe in your dreams once more. It is to judge you, make you a better writer, give you enough courage to be one, and make you see through the skies.

I got to know about this NaNoWriMo thing this November after almost the first week of November was over when a BookRix friend of mine posted about her participation in this. I got curious instantly, Googled it out, and Signed up without thinking that the first week of this was already over. I had no time to waste on deciding the plot of my novel I was going to write so I went on with the idea which I had in my mind since last two years. I didn’t start out with a blank document either but I started with 11,000 words already, and it didn’t feel like I was cheating as the first week was over.

I worked a couple of days in my first week which was the second of NaNoWriMo without a plan of winning; I hadn’t had such a big heart to believe that I would win, and I also worked in my last days of second week which was the third of NaNoWriMo when I encouraged myself to believe that if not 50,000 then I at least I would be able to write 25,000 words to reach half a milestone and that’s when I wrote most of the words but in the third week of mine I lost all my courage and was unable to write even a single word. In the end, I had 18,647 words all in all, and for the month of November 2015 I could only write  7,647 words. I know it appears a bit lousy but at least I know about this NaNoWriMo now and I’m already planning to start and win this campaign in 2016.

The most important thing was beginning to write a novel and I am happy I did that; thank God that I was not afraid to do that because later I got to know that there are many people who dream of becoming writers but they are afraid of NaNoWriMo.

I broke my Writer’s block, I started believing in my capabilities to write, and I met many who were like me. A lot of mails were sent to me encouraging me to write and to never stop, each mail with a quote to shoo away the anxiety I was feeling. Actually, I just loved this experience.

I invite all other people who see themselves as succeeding writers to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016, and I congratulate all the ones who participated whether they achieved the required word count or not as they have already won because at least they tried and was not afraid to do that and if a person can start then he can end the story as well since he is given the power to do that. All we need to do is to believe in ourselves and in our dreams because this makes us a winner right there.

Keep writing and stay blessed!

 

A Point to Ponder

Last December a great number of students and staff of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar were targeted by a few terrorists. It was one of the very sad happenings in the history of Pakistan.

That time of year I was devoted to my Qur’an studies and the warden of our hostel ushered all the students in the hall and told us about this massacre. She too was very sad and kept wiping her tears as she addressed us then we all prayed for the ones who were killed, and their parents.

When I came to meet my parents after a month, everyone was discussing that issue. Everyone was giving their point of views; some were cursing the terrorists, some were blaming the security, some were too busy to think of anything…

My brother, who studies at APS Hyderabad, told me that they were given a week off as the APS team was scared of any further attack which was easy to expect.

I saw television and it was all over media. Even the talk shows and morning shows were talking about that. Songs were being released. Images of the dead bodies were openly shown on TV.

I felt so sick and I wished that may the people don’t raise this issue so much because it was too much to bear. The world knew it and that didn’t make any good difference.

I went to my hostel again to continue my course. Later when I came back about after 2 months to my home no one talked about it. Everyone was silent. No talk shows. No morning shows. No new songs… as if that topic was now too old to earn good money or to kill your time with.

The whole year passed and now it’s December again; the TV has become alive with that ‘APS Peshawar Attack Programs’. The artists are working to make it prominent all over again. By the 16th of December, which was the date of the attack, the whole media would be bursting about that. Why? Is that because the singers, painters, actors, and others are sad about that attack? I don’t think so, and even if they are I don’t believe that it’s their priority because their priority had always been money and fame.

My brother told me that there will be a whole function considering that issue in our school this year and GOC will be the Chief Guest. The hall will be decorated with the pictures of the dead bodies of students and their mothers crying crazily. Students will perform plays and show how those students were killed and there will be a singer to sing a song for the students and staff who died and everyone will enjoy. Doesn’t this seem heartless? And they call it paying tribute!

My mother was very upset because of this which made me ponder upon this subject. I know these things seem loving and almost everyone does it for the good reasons but what all will we achieve by doing and watching these programs?

I remember that a lady had told in one of the lectures held at my Qur’an school after the attack that she went with her team to Peshawar for a brief survey and realized that most of the parents want to forget about that brutal attack and give love to their other children. She had told that those parents want to live in peace and they want to stop thinking of it as it hurts too much but other people and media doesn’t let them do that. Everyone is too busy in expanding this issue unnecessarily to notice anything.

Should not we be thankful that all the terrorists who were a part of this havoc have been caught by army and half of them had already been executed whereas the other half will be executed this 16th December? One main motto has been fulfilled; the other aim, which all the public has to fulfill, is to pray. So, are we realizing it?

So rather than becoming a part of thoughtless artists and media I want everyone who is reading this to pray for those children and teachers who died that last sad December and also for their parents who suffered a lot that may the martyred children and teachers be given peace and a much better place in heaven than this brutal world; may Allah bestow their parents with patience and their other children with long, healthy, loving, and guided life, and may all the wrongdoers be guided so that this sort of calamity never happen again, not in any part of the world. Amen

Thanks for reading.