Sunday, October 26, 2008

Need a Push?

November creeps upon us and it is the time of both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo; that is National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month. The latter is actually a rolling deadline: "Post every day for a month. That's all you have to do." It's about committing to building a habit. Dust off your blog and commit to a month of posting.

I include the facetious image above because it has a good point -- if you've wanted to try writing a novel and have been intimidated by the fear that it won't be "good," NaNoWriMo offers the perfect opportunity to get over that fear. It's only a month, you'll give it a good try and you'll see how much you can do in that relatively small space of time.

What, it's not a masterpiece? So what?! That's what revision is for.

First drafts are lousy (believe me, I know). You go back and you improve the writing once you have it down. But you have to have something to revise. Need I remind you once again that I took part in the THREE DAY Novel Writing contest? You don't know what you can do until you jump off that cliff, flail your arms and give it a go.

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