National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins soundly at 12:01 am on November 1st. Got my story. Got my characters. Got my outline. I'm ready. Well, ready as I'll ever be. I've been rereading writers I admire -- Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Garcia-Marquez... Just to remind myself that someone else has done it before. Writing a novel at all is pretty much an impossibility. I know. I've tried. Yet these people I've just mentioned have done it -- more than once, in fact. Sometimes, it just takes a little push. Sometimes, it takes a common enemy.
And sometimes, it takes people just crazy enough to be willing gather together for the month of November to engage in some hellish, feverish tippy-tapping on the keyboard that we like to call NaNoWriMo.
Some things I'm going to keep in my head while I'm writing:
- Keep going. Don't stop, no matter what
- You cannot create art when you're busy crtiquing it or apologizing for it. You are not the world's literary book review section. Write. Don't read.
- Keep going. Don't stop, no matter what.
- All first drafts are shitty first drafts.
- Keep going, no matter what.
Armed with these little munitions, I will face NaNoWriMo head on and unafraid. Well, mostly unafraid. OK, terrified, but I'm going to keep going, o matter what!!! Happy now?