Monday, November 24, 2014


So, I sit here on my bed with various pages and notes wrapped around me like a border.  I tend to collect scraps of paper and business cards like some people collect socks.  My problem is that I have a hard time trying to organize them most days.  It's not until I succumb to the absolute need to make sense out of all the story ideas and random thoughts that I clean up the clutter.

Add to that I am once again in the throws of NaNoWriMo.  And yeah, okay, it’s November 24th and I’m only 17,655 words into what should be a 50,000 word plus story in 6 days, but hey no pressure.  Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to make it through NaNoWriMo this year.  It is disappointing, but the reasons are good. 

The main reason is the world building for the story that I started for NaNoWriMo.  I’m writing a Sci-Fi YA romance/adventure and I have to make sure I understand the rules for the world, I’m building or the writing just won't stand up.    If I can’t wrap my mind around the rules, how can I expect a reader to get it and to follow along?  So today I did nothing but make sure I understood all the parameters for each character and their respective arcs, along with what make their world unique.

The other reason is that I just re-released a book and am trying to edit two others.  Last year I didn’t have that problem and so NaNoWriMo was a lot easier to win. 

The bottom line is that I’m okay with no winning this year.  Mainly because I think I really got the lessons last year from competing in it.  One, you learn that you can complete a first draft fairly quickly.  Two, you are a better writer than you give yourself credit for.  And third, you learn to embrace your inner writer.  NaNoWriMo is a wonderful experience and one I wouldn’t trade for the world.  But for this year, I’m okay with the possibility of not winning. 

What about you? 

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