Right now I’m what I’d consider a casual participant in Nanowrimo 2010. Due to a few things that have come up in the last couple of weeks, I’m only getting started on my new book, THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, today. I think I’ll get a lot of words done in the next few weeks, but not sure if it’ll amount to 50K. And that’s okay.
I’m a big believer in Nanowrimo. It was Nanowrimo 2003 that helped me finish my very first book from beginning to end. The first time, after many false starts and books that petered out after thirty pages, that I ever officially typed the magic words “THE END.” It proved to me I could do this. And since then I’ve written 20 books (give or take…a few of which are, and always will be, unpublished).
I was asked to do a motivational email for a local Nano group and thought I’d share what I wrote here as well.
Whether you’ve written twenty books or this is your very first one, I’m going to let you in on a secret that you might already know a little something about.
Writing is Hard Work!
Sure it is. But it is also:
Awesome. Frustrating. Exhilarating. Fulfilling. Painful. Silly. Ego-deflating. Inspiring. Tough. Fun. Heartbreaking. Wonderful.
What other hobby or profession can you get this sort of an experience from? Like, seriously?
Okay, you could be a professional roller coaster rider, but that’s not terribly practical.
I’m not going to tell you that it’s going to be a totally smooth ride this month, but it will be a ride you won’t soon forget. There will be ups and downs and some of those unexpected turns or drops might make you scream your head off (let’s continue with the roller coaster metaphor, shall we?), but at the end, when you’re feeling windblown and perhaps a little nauseous, you will know you’ve accomplished something that not too many other people have accomplished.
You’ve written a novel.
Fifty thousand words that poured out of your imagination. You created characters, worlds, plots, subplots, dialogue, description. Out of nowhere. Poof.
You might be a bit battle weary today, tomorrow, or very soon. There might be those little doubt weasels in the back of your mind that whisper lies to you from their little weasel lips — telling you that you can’t do this, that you’re not good enough, that there are better things to do with your precious time than sit at the keyboard and Make Stuff Up.
Don’t listen to them. They’re just jealous. Here’s a tip I’ve discovered to help ignore those weasels — the faster you type the less influence they will have on you. They will be crushed by the sheer weight of your wonderful, magical words.
So to recap:
1) Writing is both hard work and awesome!
2) Writing is magic!
3) Ignore the doubt weasels that tell you to stop because they are WRONG and STUPID and you are CREATIVE and AMAZING!
4) And, most importantly, have fun!!!
And I mean it. Writing is magic.
Speaking of magic, THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC is calling my name. It’s saying “Michelle, why are you ignoring me? You remember that your deadline for me is February 1st, right?”
“Yes, I remember. Sheesh.”
For what it’s worth, I’m really looking forward to diving back into Darrak and Eden’s world. I have A LOT of ground to cover in this third book, the one that will answer all of those pesky little questions readers might have after finishing SOMETHING WICKED. Oh yes.
So, if you’ll excuse me, I have some writing to do……