Okay, I’ve been sparse here because I’ve been using all the words for the NaNoWriMo challenge this month.
For those of you in the unawares, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month”, where you take November and try to write 50,000 words, which will get you a good basis for a novel. Last year was the first year I finished, then I spent a few months with editing and if anyone knows of an agent looking for a YA book about a girl who helps Death capture Death, send them my way. (Look, shameless plug! No vampires involved!)
The thing I like about NaNo is that it forces you to write. It forces you to keep moving forward. It’s not for everyone, but for perfectionists like me, it’s helpful. You learn how to focus on the writing, the perfecting will happen later. For me, it’s also helpful because it makes me get through the dreaded middle section, to an outcome, instead of getting slogged down by it and starting something else. I have binders of started novels that fizzled out. I don’t need more.
What I wrote this year isn’t done. The story isn’t complete. But it is at a certain point that I can see completion. It is also at that special point where there are so many holes in the plot, it should be frustrating. But this month wasn’t about the perfect product, just about writing, getting thoughts to paper. And now, I have another project to work on during the cold winter months.
But first, I shall do something else. Maybe get back to blogging more regularly.