Sunday, November 05, 2006

From The Desk of Liz Ensley:

            I'm only at 1.253 words on my NaNo. That's fine, it's still early, I have time to catch up. Plus, I did double my total from the previous day.
            The important things to remember are these.
            NaNoWriMo is a personal challenge. 50k is the ideal way to wind down the month, but any writing that you do, during the month, makes you a winner, the point, the whole point of novel writing, is to write. The whole purpose of National Novel Writing Month is in the production of many, many words.
            Yes, a lot of what you initially turn out will be crap. So what? After a point, it's inevitable that the "crap" will find its voice, and you will start turning out halfway decent crap instead of completely useless crap. The more that you write, the more that you can write. It takes both time and practice to do anything, and writing is no different.
            Allow yourself to play, and to experiment with writing. National Novel Writing Month is like a month-long recess. People each play differently. You can allow yourself to play with different, cross, even fanfic genres. It's okay. The whole point of the month is an exercise in turning off the internal editor long enough to write something. I mean, editing is what March and National Novel Editing Month is for.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
 - Aristotle


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