Done…for now.

30 Nov

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.



3 Responses to “Done…for now.”

  1. suzanneyoung253762575 November 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Congratulations! Perfectionism is the curse of a writer, and one that I am afflicted with as well. I am participating in NaBloPoMo this month and it has helped me get over the hump as well.

  2. franhunne4u November 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Tried it once, never made it out of the first week … You are truly a winner.

  3. missedna November 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Yay! My husband has been doing this challenge too, and though he’s at 34,000 words instead of 50,000, he’s determined to finish the novel and keep writing. NaNoWriMo has helped him to “get his butt in the seat” and write. Kudos to you!

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