So it’s November. It came quick. But that’s not whet I’m writing about. Right now I’m procrastinating on NaNoWriMo. Because writing is easy, you just stare at the blank screen until little drops of blood appear on your forehead. Hahahaha … almost.
Writing is skill and art. And because it’s a skill it’s not _easy_. It seems easy, “Ya, ya’know … just write. yeah?” But it’s not quite that. Well not quite for me, right now anyway. I’ll admit there’s a pretty good chance I’m over thinking this. This is supposed to be fun. A chance to cut loose and let the words fly. Yeah. Right now I feel like I’m writing in a circle. I am not sure where to go or how to get there. This tells me I’m way over thinking it.
NaNoWriMo is about the “shity first draft”, that thing you plop on a page to then be dissected down to useful parts and rebuilt. It is not a finished product in and of itself. To get to the end of the project is the goal. A 50,000 word novel. It’s quite do able. Especially if you stop over thinking it.
I think I’m feeling the pressure because I’m about a day and a half behind on my word count, the goal is 1800 a day. I need to let go of _having_ to meet that goal. That and maybe spend a few more moments on a more solid plot arc. Too few plot points to aim for. I think that’ll be tomorrow’s lunch project.
Anyway, I’m not giving up. Just griping a bit. Thanks for “listening”.
4 thoughts on “So it’s NaNoWriMo time”
“Stare at the screen until little drops of blood appear on your forehead…” Yeah, if Jesus wrote a blog from Gethsemane, I bet that would do it.
Hi! I am participating in national novel writing month too and I completely feel your pain! I am about two days behind and I already have a dilemma transitioning from the past to the present in my script. If you could offer me any advice on how to overcome this so that I can “catch up,” I would greatly appreciate it.
My post about it is here:
I love this line “Because writing is easy, you just stare at the blank screen until little drops of blood appear on your forehead. ”
I am participating in my first Nanowrimo and though so far I’ve been able to meet my word count, I am unable to get my characters to do what I planned they would do!
Hope you get to catch up with your erring word count. Good luck!
Hey all, thanks for the support. 🙂 With the changes that have happened in my life this month, I may have to re-evaluate some of my goals for NaNoWriMo. I will still write, but I may not kill myself for the 50k goal. We shall see.