It was the best of days, it was the worst of days on Day 10 of National Novel Writing Month. Because I wrote for an hour first thing, it was the best. But actually, mostly it was the worst of days. Consider having:
- Your heating installed over a 3-day period of mistakes, confusion, and changing personnel.
- Three of your 4 website disappearing for no reason — all paid for and not hacked.
- The world’s stiffest neck from writing all week.
And yet, I wrote. And so am happy. What is it that makes writers have to write to achieve the peculiar bliss we know in our imaginative worlds? What makes you write? I’m almost sure most of you reading this do write. Please let me know in the comments what propels you to do this crazy cantilevering out into the unknown that is the act of creating something.
And Yet, I Wrote – Day 10 of National Novel Writing Month
I committed my month of November to #NaNoWriMo, as it’s affectionately called by its participants. My goal is to revise a (mostly) complete draft of a new novel, The Ro30-daymantics. I knew from last year’s writing marathon that forcing myself to write every day is a little like forcing myself to have cherry pie every day. There are days when I’d rather not — but most days, I’d definitely rather.
And despite the hassles of life (See 1., 2., and 3.), despite not always feeling inspired — and yet, I wrote. It’s an addiction, I’ve learned. The longer I write, the more I must write. Because it really is my happy place.
Even with a Novel Coming Out, I’m Still a Student
Even with all the marketing chores attendant on having a new novel be published in less than two months (Yikes!), I have to write something else, and write every day. The thing that becomes clear if you can hack the month-long marathon is that writing tips, craft tips, the art of fiction articles, and the camaraderie of other writers will sustain you during the dry periods and the downpours. Being a constant student of the craft of writing fiction.
Here’s a craft tip article to motivate your writing this weekend. If, like me, you’re revising a book, here are some great guidelines for revising a novel.