What else is there to say, really, but help! I’m on day 2 of NaNoWriMo. I’ve never done it before, but I needed a jump start to the novel that’s been kicking around in my head since the summer and this seemed liked the way to do that. But 1600+ words a day?! The gods must be crazy! Actually, I’ve been able to pull it off for two days, but I’m already down too much sleep this week and it’s only Tuesday.
So what’s a girl to do? How does one stoke their passion for writing while still being a productive member of society, holding a job, raising kids, worrying about the environment? Work smarter, not harder the pundits might say, but what of it? Working smarter still doesn’t teach me the art of bending time, eh? Also, who thought it was a good idea to join the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) and do NaNoWriMo all at the same time? Well, me I guess.
In the end, it will be fine. My dreams have already taken on the shape of the novel and in the mornings I’m lying half awake while my brain spins out a symphony in sentences. How to get those words to the paper without losing my stream of consciousness is anyone’s guess since that employs two different parts of the brain. If I can just get out of my own way and make room for the download that seems to be coming from somewhere beyond the astral plane, then all will be well and I may even have something that resembles a first draft by November 30th. But only if I can keep my inner critic in line, a tough thing to do for most all writers.
Which brings me to the IWSG question of the month:
November 2 Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
I’d have to say it’s lying in bed in the morning while the download percolates, then starts pouring out in sentences, paragraphs, sometimes a whole page. It’s exhilarating, really, and makes me feel like I’m in some kind of sacred union with the divine. I don’t know where the words are coming from. I just know that they are flowing in whole and complete sentences, one after another, all interconnected and cohesive. Getting them onto the paper is an entirely different set of teeth, but for those moments while I’m in full download, a conduit for the story, it’s freaking amazing.