Being a NaNo Rebel, this year, means I’m more committed to an existing work than a daily word count. I’ve successfully completed several 50K challenges since joining NaNo, so I know I can type 1,667 words a day. What I don’t know; however, is how to actually turn a hodgepodge of word sprints and random brain dumps into something publishable. Well, this year, my goal is a little closer to publishable.
The manuscript that won’t let me go was born during the last 10K words of NaNoWriMo 2012. Yes, I’ve been working on it that long.
Well, that’s not entirely true.
I haven’t been writing for the whole two years. I’ve been reading about writing a fiction novel, getting frustrated with my lack of knowledge, talking about completing the book, railing against the idea of the book being more than a short story, creating outlines, talking about being frustrated, and more variations of the same. Not being a fiction reader, I was unaware of just how much work I had in front of me.
Now, two years later, I’m a little less stubborn about the process. I realize that it takes a lot of writing, rewriting, and rewriting again to create something that looks remotely like talent. I’ve also given myself permission to not only be a newbie in this arena, but to ask for help when I need it.
Over the years, I’ve surrounded myself with several published authors and I’m a member of a Writer’s group, so I have a support group. All that’s left is to get out of my own way and enjoy the journey.
While having breakfast, today, I read my manuscript and started making a few notes. Though I still have work to do, it’s not as bad as I thought. And, it didn’t take long for me to get excited about working on it again. Stay tuned, I plan to share a chapter, or two, with you.
Are you working on a novel? Or, are you a published author? How long has it taken you to get out of your own way?