Ahh, So THAT’S My Problem

Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 10:51 am

As I lay in bed last night I tried to figure out why my NaNoWriMo efforts have been so agonizing. Why am I struggling so? Why aren’t I having any fun at it?

And it was then that I had an epiphany. I’ve been trying to write a “good” novel, something where the quality really matters to me. But I should just be trying to write A novel. Trying to write my best while conforming to an artificial 30-day deadline is, well, unbelievably stupid. That’s not the point of this exercise. The point is doing the work, day in, day out. If you hope to sell a novel the first thing the publisher asks isn’t, “So, how fast did you write this?” The amount of time you put into it doesn’t really interest them.

So, having given myself 58 hour handicap, I’m going to start over. I just need to think of something to write about. Something I can enjoy writing about. Which means it’ll probably be something stupid and absurd and not a little bit sick.

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2 Responses to “Ahh, So THAT’S My Problem”

  1. Cynthia Closkey Says:

    At last you are on track. Hooray! Add in a couple of beers while you write this afternoon, and short NaDruWriNi session tomorrow, and you’ll be in fine shape.

    Of course, the whole thing will still go squirrelly later in the month. But then you’ll go back and re-read what you wrote here today and then you will finish just fine.

  2. kathie Says:

    Hey Gene, I did nanowrimo last year and yes, you’ve got it, just write. don’t worry about making things sound great at this point. When you get stuck in one scene mark it and move to the next…it’ll unblock you. Later what you need for the blocked scene will reveal itself. Onward, Gene. You can do it.

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