This week's topic:
Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?
I’ve never done NaNoWriMo and I’m not officially participating this time, although I do plan to dive into the second book in my trilogy very soon. The fact that November happens to be a couple weeks away isn’t really a factor in that decision, rather it just happens to be good timing.
Lately I’ve been working nonstop on revisions. I’m making good progress (at least I think I am), and while I want to stay focused on trimming down and sprucing up book one, I don’t want to lose momentum for actual writing. The other day I jotted down a story detail for my sequel, and it led into ten pages of notes. Probably a good sign that I need to start delving into book two, and by November I might be able to devote some time to it. Until recently, I always struggled to get the story out of my head and onto the page, computer screen, whatever. It took a lot of discipline (Butt in Chair…er…on couch) to finish the first draft of my WIP and to be perfectly honest, it’s like I’m in withdrawal now because all that discipline sort of turned writing into an addiction—a healthy one of course.
This whole plunge into book two directly plays into the second question in this week’s topic: Does having a deadline inspire you? Heck no! The idea of a deadline terrifies me. We’re talking enough to induce writer’s block. This is one aspect of being an author I would definitely find difficult, although I'm sure it's something I'd get used to. Maybe book one will never end up on a bookstore shelf, but on the off chance it does, I want to be prepared. I’ll take whatever head start I can get on book two.
Deadlines aren’t a reality at this point though, so the real reason I want to work on book two is because I’m eager to keep the story going. This is the one that clicked for me. I love my characters and I can’t wait to see where the plot takes them next. Okay, I’ll admit, I already know where the plot is taking them next --excessive planning is all part of that head start I was talking about--but I’m looking forward to seeing the story come together, even if it’s just for my own entertainment.
So while I’m not officially participating in NaNoWriMo, and I still need to work on revisions, I will be putting pen to paper and fingers to keyboard to try and get out a nice chunk of writing. It does provide some motivation knowing that others will be frantically scribbling away at the same time.
And on that happy note, I’m off to do some more revising…