NaNoWriMo Day 1: Start your engines!

1 11 2016

Weather: 70 Frikking Degrees! Like Mama Nature said- “HEY! Remember these balmy temps? Well enjoy them today because NO MORE WARMTH FOR YOU FOR THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS!” Sigh


Off to a good start today. Beat the daily goal, but it was slow going. Sometimes getting back in the swing takes a while.

Chuck Wendig posted his annual NaNoWriMo pep talk and it’s excellent, as per usual.Click  here to read: Pep Talk

He makes a really good point that it took me a long time to learn when doing NaNoWriMo, which is dismiss the expectation that what you end up with at the end of the month is a publishable novel. It’s not.  It’s a first draft. A first draft that by most metrics will probably suck. But that’s not a bad thing! In fact, you have something that is now ready to be made into something better, shinier and much more satisfying. I think the reason a lot of people get disgruntled and abandon their efforts is because they don’t see a perfect novel coalescing under their fingers.

Artists, of which I am also a member, all know that when you’re starting a project, you don’t start working immediately on the finished idea. You spend time sketching, getting your materials together and fleshing out the idea a bit before starting to work with your materials/ medium.

Same thing here. You’re building the skeleton, fleshing out the ideas, getting the structure in place.  If you remove the expectation of having a perfect result on the first go, you will find that the words will come faster and sometimes, that leads to smashing through your stalls and stops and sometimes, to sprouting new and better paths for your story.

I’m starting slowly, but even at the end of the first chapter I’m working on I was seeing little ideas taking root, giving me something to build the next section on. Plot points started showing up, filling those scary blanks up with potentials.

Okay. Time to head off to watch my superhero shows.  See you tomorrow!






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