This post is for my friends who are jumping into NaNoWriMo with both feet this year. Several of you out there have said to me in the last few days of NaNoPrep that you are nervous, hope you don’t fall on your face, or choke…Oh, Dear Friends lets dispel the negativity with some great ideas from professional writers.
What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing. I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’
So what Ms. Angelou is saying to you, Sugar, is sit your booty in the chair, and write. Even if all the things you write for a solid two weeks are mere drivel–Do it. The words will come. And the best part is for NaNoWriMo it is all about the word count not the quality of the prose. So get your coffee pot fired up, grab a mug, and get yourself to typing!
I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.
What Mr. Patterson suggests is a trick that I use myself. When I get stuck or the words aren’t coming I’ll type to my muse about where I thought the story was going or how I don’t like this or that of where the story went. This always get my thoughts moving and I leave the thoughts in the document, I’ll edit them out later. Just keep moving forward with your word count. I cannot stress how proud you will be of yourself and how encouraged you will be when you look at your word count on Nov 29th and you, my friend, have crossed the 50K finish line.
Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things you’re doomed.
Mr. Bradbury is calling on you to produce a large body of words. Story writing is in the editing, dear friends, not in the production of words called writing. You cannot edit a thing that has yet to be produced. NaNoWriMo is your time…get out there and make a body of words that you can polish in the New Year. You can do it!
So for your #NaNoPrep print out these quotes and place them where you can see them when the going gets rough.