Archive | November 2015

Plans Are Only Plans

I have to remember the most important thing about writing. Writing is different for everyone. Saw a post the last week about someone having finished writing NaNo at 83.000 words. This was on November 10th. My mind is officially blown.

I struggle to get 1600 words most days, and if I’m lucky, find an extra 400 or so lying about. This is not to diminish my accomplishments or to express envy at someone else’s ability to write so much so fast. It is to remind myself that no one way is the right way, and no one writer is the same as another.

I had plans to finish my novel before the end of the month. Plans are just that. The week in NYC has had its affect on the writing time-table. I’m those same 6 days behind. But really, what does it matter? The schedule is mine and the draft will be finished in my allotted  30 days. What does it matter if the name on the month starts with a D instead of an N?

It may matter to me. It doesn’t right now.

Out and About, Still Writing

A new month, new opportunities. It’s the first Wednesday, which means another chance to talk and connect with the members of the Insecure Writers Support Group. 

If you haven’t already, click the link, see what we do for each other, join in. 

This month, I’m writing from NYC, on my phone. I’m vacationing, researching, pondering, waiting, writing (a little). Sadly, this means I’m also missing out on the first week of NaNoWriMo, which is stressful. I will write once I return home, but will be down a weeks worth of writing days. I will need all my focus and energy to finish this year. Have any of you found yourself a week behind? How did you catch up? 

I’ve decided to not worry about making a full outline (last months insecurity), and write how I am most comfortable: by the seat of my pants and on fire. I shouldn’t be surprised at how much relief that brings. The time for altering the approach is not at the beginning of this sort of project. If I feel I need more structure, a smaller project will offer me the same opportunity. 

I won’t be able to read and comment on members posts until Friday morning, but I plan to do so. I’m excited to read about your success and share in your struggles. 

Talk soon.