Welcome back! Now, I know the title of this post is scary for some. If you’ve already started nanowrimo this year and you’re feeling good about how far you’ve come, you’re wondering why anyone would stop, right? And if you got off to a bad start yesterday you may be thinking about joining me. Either way…the answer is simple. Writing just to write is not my thing this year.
Last year I had a fabulous idea for a novel and I kicked nanowrimo in the ass! I finished early, loved what I wrote and couldn’t wait to get to the editing process that followed. I got up early every day, worked late into the night and even had a group of teens read the draft when I was finished. How’s that for enthusiasm?
But this year, I tried and tried to come up with something that excited me the way that story did. Sure, I came up with a few that sounded quite good, but is that good enough? Is that enough to work every day, hours and hours, on something that is just “quite good?” Not in my opinion.
I’m on the back stretch of editing last year’s book and stopping now would ruin the mojo I’ve got going. So I’ll spend my nano time editing last year’s winner and then start on the next book in the series. Don’t judge me, I tried to participate this year and drum up the enthusiasm of last year. It’s just not there…
But to all of you who are still plugging away, I salute you. I’ve been there and I know how difficult it is, as well as how exhilarating it is each day to reach that word count and even more. Keep it up – I’m your biggest cheering section. I’ll provide the chocolate, coffee, shoulder and even an outlet for your laptop.