Remember earlier this year, when making headway on a writing project was on my list of goals for the year? Well, here we are in the month of November, and I haven’t made the progress I wanted to on my novel.
I’ve been writing small scenes, random bits of dialogue and the basic premise of my book (a romantic comedy) for about 5 months. Like many writers, I would start working on it, then hit a creative wall, or have other life factors that distracted me from forward progress on something more formal. For the last month or so, I’ve been working on the plotting and pace of my story, reading books on how to write a novel in x number of days (60! 90! 180!), how to structure my story and how to write better dialogue. My head was so full of all these different voices on what to do and how to do it and what to write and when to write it that I got stuck in the mechanics of writing, instead of writing the story that I had been thinking about for so long. Then, about a week ago, I had a moment of inspiration and ended up writing a scene where the hero and heroine meet for the first time. I fell in love with my story all over again and decided it was time to give it the time attention it needed to come to fruition.
So, why now? Why November? Aside from it being so close to the end of the year, it’s also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a friendly and frenetic event that happens every year where participants try to complete a brand new 175-page novel (50,000 words) in one month. Will I be done with my novel in a month? Ha ha! You’re funny! No, I’m quite sure I won’t be. BUT I will have made serious progress and will have established a regular writing routine that will keep me going after the intensity of November passes. That’s worth more to me than writing 50,000 words in one month.
Yes, this means that I won’t be around for the month, but I’ll be back for holiday fun in December.
Wish me luck!
Until December (and my next obsession)!
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