NaNoWriMo: Write More, Write Now

I have a confession.  Though I call myself a writer, I don’t write that much.

I blame my muse.

She is fickle and rather inconvenient. If I have time to write, she decides to take a vacation.  If I have other work, a paper, an assignment, a data spreadsheet, a road trip, or I am otherwise incapable of reaching my computer or a writing utensil, then she sparks innovation and creativity.  I have had words with her, I have bribed her, I have threatened her, but to no avail.  She remains as she is–fickle and feckless.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my muse.  She has given me hundreds of stories and a good many “friends” but I just wish she’d come and visit at more convenient and reliable times.

But blaming my muse for my lack of writing that is not the whole truth.  I can say “I write by inspiration,” which is by all rights well and true.  However, it is a contrived excuse to not write.

I like to write.  I enjoy watching the words form pictures and stories.  I love creating and shaping worlds, characters, and adventures.

I just don’t like work and forcing creativity out of my lazy self is, well, work.

So, I have decided to face my apathy and confront my muse. I am unofficially participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  I say unofficially  because I am not following all the rules.  Apparently you have to start on a fresh, new story and you’re suppose to register and all such other nonsense.  So I am looking at the rules as guidelines.  They are there to guide me down the path to writing.  I DONOT need to start on a new story.  (My muse begs to differ on this point, but I will be strong and defy her)  I have so many stories that are nearly completed, barely started, or stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no hope of going anywhere.  Naturally I picked a story that was somewhere in the beginning of nowhere, at the edge of nearly started. It’s a place to start that is comfortable and at this point optimistically possible of actually completing.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to actually write 50000 words in a month which is the lowest common denominator for a novel.  To complete this amazing task the participants have to write at least 1600 words a day.  As someone so nicely pointed out to me that is nearly 6.5 double spaced pages (depending on how much or little dialog you may have)!  But to be honest merely writing 1600 or so words a day for a month is not necessarily a recipe for anything truly great.  I have heard it said “just write, don’t think.”  Yes, that is true to write this much in a month is rather taxing.  And the point of NaNoWriMo is to write…write like mad.

I want to get my story from nowhere to a somewhere which is hopefully the beginning of the end.  Terrified though I may be at the thought of this feat, I will face the challenge.

Day one was a success.

The subsequent days…not so much. However, the point is to write, to overcome the muse’s fickleness and my own laziness; therefore, I will not let a weekend of forced family fun deter me from my ultimate goal: of getting a story out of nowhere and into somewhere nearing the end.  (Yes, forced family fun is an excellent excuse for not writing. I mean who can resist the joy of playing hide -and-seek with four-year-old niece? Or taking a two-year-old to the park?  So when the whole family descends upon you, you drop your pen and play Ticket To Ride or any other activity that is agreed upon).  Monday came with renewed promise.  So far so good as of Tuesday I was back on track…minus my three day weekend with my family (See this lovely chart?  It not only gives me inspiration, it tells my how bad I am doing.)

I will keep you all posted of my writing success or failings this month.  I’d like to hear about your adventures in writing as well. Mutual encouragement or consolations are always welcome and appreciated.

Happy Writing!

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About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on November 9, 2012, in Cliches, Editing, Humor, Inspiration, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Plot, Rachel Burkholder, Story, Style and Structure, Words, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Yay! I was beginning to think you lot here at LHP didn’t know what NaNoWriMo was, since I’ve never heard any of you mention it,

    Don’t feel bad about using a story you’ve already started. Plenty of people do that. All writing is welcome.

    I actually just caught up on my word count yesterday after several days of slacking. The only problem now is today.

    Good luck!

  2. I have the same problem with my muse. The problem lately, however, is that I have been put up against a crazy amount of writer’s block. Any ideas on how to get over it?

    • Amber, writer’s block is an evil fiend. My friends here at LHP have talked about our cures for it. Each of us has something different. Melissa likes to bake (I think it is her universal “over come anything” method). Others have suggested writing down an outline of events or even doing character personality tests. I like to talk it out. If I can get a friend who has the time (or even if it’s just to the mirror or to my cat), I’ll rant about the problem I am up against and normally I’ll get a solution. Sometimes I just skip that section and keep writing at a different point in the story. The one thing that everyone seems to agree on is don’t stop writing. The only true way to overcome writer’s block is to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and create a world through words.
      Good luck!

  3. Haha! I’m cheering for you!
    Supposedly, I’m doing NaNoWriMo, too! I’ve got nearly 70 words so far :-P, but I agree, it’s great motivation — that’s 70 words more than I would otherwise have. Keep it up and thanks for linking to that chart. You have inspired me to keep working, whether or not I can “catch up”.

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