Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNoWriMo Personal Pep Talk (From Me to Me)


NaNo Day 3 Update: I'm having a rough time getting started for the second year in a row. My Inner Editor is loud and obnoxious and berating me with doubt as to why I am doing this, as well as questioning whether or not I am ever going to make the time to rewrite anything into something mildly coherent and why I would waste my time doing that, as I will never have anything good enough to attempt to do something with anyway. She's brutal, I'm telling you. She's the worst of me at my most hormonal and she won't shut up and go away. I may need to use force. And duct tape. Lots and lots of duct tape.

I needed an extra month between October 31st and November 1st. It would have been nice to have had the time to work through The Story Template (I made it through two or three chapters worth of exercises) and have a fully fleshed out story. It's becoming tougher to look at this as an exercise in merely sitting down and writing crap just for the benefit of writing. I want magic to happen, I want a great story to emerge, I want to create something worth reading.

Bah, I need to lose the pressure and just write. Maybe this is the year it will stick. Maybe 2012 will be the time that I do sit down with a book on writing, develop a complex story, and actually write it. Maybe it will be completely atrocious. Maybe I'm a better reader than writer, but I will have accomplished something. And maybe that will finally shut my Inner Editor up.

Then again, maybe not. But it's worth a shot.


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