And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. – Sylvia Plath
So here we are, friends, at our second check. I hope that you are warm, well, and with an abundance of electricity.
How did the first week treat you? Despite the fact that I write every week for Persephone and my job, I always find the start of NaNo to be challenging. There’s something fundamentally different it seems to write fiction – to write my fiction at least – than it is to craft these blog posts or work reports or any of the other day-to-day writing that occurs the other eleven months of the year. I started off the week on a good tear and built up a comfortable word count cushion. And then, unthinkingly, I took Monday night as a mental health break (re: zone out with TV) and forgot about the election on Tuesday and just like that, I am now magically a day and half behind my goal. But I will not be dissuaded from pressing on – and neither should you, no matter where you are in your own project.
Don’t forget, the whole purpose of this exercise is to be writing, so if you find yourself getting stuck on a plot point or an ending or trying to craft perfection, you need to let it go. Put filler in, change the font color so it will catch your eye during revisions, and plug on. Don’t worry that bone. You have a word count to reach, not a perfect, publishing ready novel to produce.
If you’re having trouble focusing on writing, trying changing your auditory background. I’ve proven what I already knew was true for myself – I can’t work on NaNo with television on in the background because I end up paying too much attention to it and it’ll pull me away from my work. Same with randomized music as well. If you have the same problem, give one of these a shot:
Simply Noise – a white noise generator. They have three free settings: “white,” “pink,” and “brown,” which are a mix of high and low frequencies. I find that “pink” works well for my purposes.
Rainymood.com – Rain-based soundscapes. Very soothing and peaceful.
Bonus Tracks: Real, live
girls books that started out life as NaNoWriMo drafts.