The Week after NaNo


In the days and now a week after NaNoWriMo, I’ve set the novel almost completely aside. I say almost because I’d be fibbing if I said it wasn’t on my mind. It lurks back there and pesters me with ideas about how it could be better. It also growls sometimes about how painful it will be in January when I sit to read through it. And sometimes it glows with the thought of how much I enjoy revising compared to the process of that first draft whenever I work on my shorter pieces.

I’ve got a plan for this month, though, to keep the novel in the box and using it’s ‘inside voice’ when it nags at me.  The plan goes something like this:

1. Find small projects to write that I can draft and finish in under a week. This is refreshing to say the least.

2. Revisit the submissions I have floating out there to see if they need sending to new homes or if I should put them in the ‘for practice’ file.

3. Draft writing goals for 2013.

4. Spend some time with Julia Cameron and her Artist’s Way again. I did this once many years ago and fell on my face. The book’s been nagging at me, however, through friends and other coincidences. So I’m back at the morning pages and not hating them. In fact, they are becoming a friend, those 3 pages. Go figure.

So far the plan is working. The novel is behaving itself while it waits for me to return, and I am enjoying the space between wild write-a-novel-in-a-month and revision.


NaNoWriMo 2012 – A Promise and a Confession


I suppose it’s not good to blog about cheating but I’m going to. I just signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Write a Book in a Month) for a novel I’ve already started. I’m using NaNo to get me through the last two thirds of the book. I know. I’m supposed to start from scratch. I even considered starting the blasted thing over just to get myself going. But I think I won’t. I think I’ll use the momentum that NaNo is so good at giving me to get the work I’ve started done. I hope the NaNo gods and goddesses will forgive me. \

And I promise not to ever lie to anyone and say I finished the draft in a month. I promise not to apply for the certificate or the web badge. I’m even so grateful for the promise of pep talks and support that I’ll donate this year.

So there it is. I’m cheating. I don’t honestly feel bad about it. I, do, however, feel grateful for this crazy idea that the founder Chris Baty had to get writers together and write like our hands are on fire. So I hope he won’t kick me out.