Cruising with My Characters at 15,000 Words – #NaNoWriMo
My writing soars and obliterates the second week doldrums. I’m surprised myself. Today will be my most productive day so far. I’ve already written 3,000 words in three hours, sure to reach my goal of 5,000 words today with ease.
Because I’ve done this much by noon, I’m in a great mood. I just raked leaves. It was a breeze, because I thought about my story and ideas for its development. And with my internal editor still banished, my story takes twists and turns but always moves forward.
My characters, and what they do, have taken over my story. I’ve put them in the forefront, something I haven’t been very good at doing. They are the story.
The greatest lessons I’ve learned so far are that I can tell a long story, and that I realize why it takes writers years to craft a compelling novel. But I’m not discouraged by that realization. Ironically, the knowledge of the hard work ahead moves me forward now to write, build characters, and keep telling a story that is pliable, shifting and unpredictable.
Every first draft is shit – Ernest Hemingway
Writing “shit” is freeing. If you’re a writer, try it. Do NaNoWriMo.
For me, it’s been instructive…and wonderful.