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So, like many writers around the world (280,977 according to their site), I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month. If you're unfamiliar with it, the idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That's an average of 1,667 words a day. It can be occasionally insane. Well, at least the way I do it. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.
Anyway, I do it because despite the (occasional) insanity, it's ultimately fun. It's ultimately exhilarating (especially when you do hit the finish line on time), and at the end of it, I have a brand new story. Sure, the 50,000 words never seem to include an ending. Or a proper beginning. Or the vast majority of the middle (wait...what the hell am I doing with these 50,000 words??), but I still have a story.
And the best part is, I even like it. The story, I mean. You know, in addition to having had written it.
Maybe it's because in NaNos past, I've used those thirty days to experiment in genres in which I normally wouldn't write or haven't written. So maybe subconsciously, I feel there's nothing to be lost, so why not go for it?
Or maybe it's because I'm a complicated freak. But that's a post for another time.
This year, I'm a NaNo Rebel and am working not on a brand new novel, but rather striving to add 50,000 new words to my current WIP, Second Nature. And I have found myself itching to hit that delete button and wipe out entire sentences, paragraphs, and even scenes because I don't feel they're good enough. But what I should be thinking is that they're not good enough yet.
The following Nora Roberts quote kind of sums it up perfectly for me:
So even though I'm somehow perpetually 2,000 words behind the daily target, and am missing huge chunks of plot, and actually have a character named "Mercenary Guy" because I haven't gotten around to giving him a proper name or, you know, anything else (though I suspect he may be a mercenary...) yet, I'm having a blast. There is some really horrible prose to be found on these pages, but it's getting easier to accept that and move on. Even with all that moving on, I may fall well short of the 50,000 words in 30 days goal (according to my stats page, I won't be finished until December 12th), but I'm enjoying the journey.
And that's what really matters.
Here's hoping I can keep that going all year round.
Happy writing, all.