It’s National Novel Writing Month and I’m frantically trying to write 50,000 words on a novel by November 30. I’m at 26,724 words as of Monday, November 23 at 5:37 PM. Yikes! Here’s what ‘ve learned so far:
- It’s really hard to write a novel – even a bad one.
- The amount I don’t know about driving from Chicago through Mexico to Guatemala is astonishing.
- Sometimes it’s simply easier to make stuff up instead of do research.
- The first rule of writing is to put your butt in the chair and write.
- When you put your butt in the chair and write, sometimes the story surprises you. That’s when it gets fun.
- Checking Facebook does not help you write.
- It’s really hard to not use adverbs. But your writing is better when you don’t. (“sputtered” vs. “said haltingly;” “trotted” vs. “walked quickly”)
- It might seem like a good idea to pour yourself a glass of red wine to sip on while you write in the evening. It’s not.
- You have to write a lot of crap in order to get to write anything remotely good.
- You can’t tell when you’re writing if what you’re writing is total crap or if any of it is remotely good.
- You will feel inadequate. Accept it and write anyway (remember number 4).
I have enjoyed being a part of your process vicariously. The courage is in trying this for the first time. You go girl!
Your honesty is awesome. Love it!
Thanks so much. Glad it connects.
I like #3, 6, and 8!