Sunday, November 14, 2010

Why NaNoWriMo Works

That is, the reason it works for me. Two weeks down and a little more than two weeks to go. I’m trudging along, hoping to burn up the keys with my brilliance. But in truth most days are slow and grueling as I try to crank out those 1667 words.

* But during NaNo there are no excuses.

* I sit down everyday and write.

* Rules? What rules?

* Editing is a big No No.

* I have lots of buddies struggling right along with me.

* Being creative and thinking outside the box comes easier for me since I can ignore my internal editor or critic.

To sum it all up. The entire process is fun again. I have that magical feeling I experienced the very first time I sat down and started writing my first manuscript. The time before I learned about all the rules and how difficult the publishing part of the journey would be.

Now to hang on to this after Nano is finished. If I can get those words on the page during this month and still keep up with the rest of what life throws at me, there is no reason to believe I can’t.

Here's to the finish line, 50,000 words and a new writing routine!

4 comments:

William Simon said...

The way you're going, you'll be seeing the goal of 50K in your rear-view mirror before it's over! And that, as they say, is TERRIFIC!

Melissa said...

Thanks, Will! As always your support and encouragement is priceless! :)

Heather said...

You're right, one of the best parts of NaNo is that there are no excuses! It's amazing how much that helps.

Melissa said...

Hi, Heather! Amazing how a little accountablity can wipe out those excuses. LOL Are you doing NaNo this year? If so, best of Luck!! :)