Seriously. I last posted a blog in MAY?
Summer was a blur. I teach high school for a living, and once June arrives, man, I’m DONE. Although I did manage to play Camp NaNoWriMo in July, and wrote a really crappy first draft of an adult romance novel. The good thing about crappy drafts is they can be polished in revision. Yay, revision!
Wait, did I seriously just say that? I hate revision.
November 1 is right around the corner. Like Thursday. And I’ve been waffling on NaNoWriMoing this year or not. I have a lot on my plate – in addition to the high school gig, I took on an adjunct professor position at the local community college. I teach ENC 1101 two nights a week (and love it)! So I have two fewer nights to exercise, rest, and oh, yeah, WRITE.
What I will likely do then, is bend the NaNo rules a little. I have a WIP that’s about 12000 words. I may simply shoot for finishing that novel that’s been languishing for a couple of years now. I love the concept but the plot isn’t coming together the way I wanted it to. So maybe what I need is to power through, write, as Anne Lamott says, the Shitty First Draft, and then figure out the rest in revision.
I used to think writing was so easy. The ideas come easy, for me. Finishing? Totally another story. My favorite companion always tells me everything is about discipline.
I suck at discipline.
But sometimes, you need to bust your own ass to get things done, or they remain nothing but dreams forever.
Hello, November – I’m finishing my WIP in you!