It’s that time of year again. When I resign myself to writing 50,000 words in a mere thirty days. When I actually take the time to write. Make excuses FOR my writing, instead of against it. Every year the process is horrifying, daunting – overwhelming. Yet somehow, by the time fall hits each year, I’ve forgotten the pain and can only look towards November and NaNoWriMo with anticipation.
My past two years were a… failure? Year One, I abandoned pretty early on. I didn’t like what I was writing coupled with the fact that I was using someone else’s personal experiences to write the story. It was all just wrong and devastating. Year Two, I plodded along full steam ahead until about 35,000 words. I only quit because of a different, more lucrative opportunity. Year Three? I’ve finished editing the gargantuan ms. I’ve moved to a new place – a happier place. A place more conducive to my creative exploits. I’m taking writing classes with women who foster my creativity. And – I have a decent idea. I think I’ll make it.
Yesterday, East Line Books hosted a launch party. Launch party it shouldn’t be called, actually. Because a few people showed up expecting a PARTY and were a little more than disappointed to find us all silently working at our tables. How is this fun? Seriously, though. How did I have so much fun?
For me, it’s wonderful just to be in that environment. Surrounded by other writers who are silently working, silently struggling, silently hoping. It’s universal. And not only that, to write in one of the most gorgeous bookstores I’ve ever been in, surrounded floor to ceiling by books! The smell of them! How could that not be fun?
Excerpts from “A Kentucky Love Story”
One I love:
And another not so much:
Ugh… how do you even fix that? But that’s what so freeing about NaNoWriMo. I stared at that for a while and started to try and edit it. But I thought, NO. I’ve written it. It counts for my NaNo count and that’s that. When November’s over and done, then I’ll edit. Move on. Keep writing.
Are participating this year? What are some of your strategies for staying on task?
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