I’m willing to bet those two little words made you a little (or a lot) uncomfortable. They made me uncomfortable as well, trust me. It’s April and authors from all over are gathering online for Camp NaNoWriMo. Long story short (ha, pun unintended) for Camp NaNo you go to their website and set a writing goal that you have to meet in a month.
My goal for April Camp NaNo 2019 is to type up twenty-thousand words. Something I should easily be able to do. Of course, as soon as the thought crossed my mind I was destined for trouble. It’s the ninth and I’ve typed a little less than three thousand words. The culprit? Writer’s block. Or so I’m telling myself. If I really look deep inside of me there are only a few things stopping me.
I know, I know. How can a writer be afraid of writing? Well a lot of times when I’m typing it comes out clanky and awkward, the words sputtering like a broken engine until I get so fed up that I take a break and never come back to it.
So, what do I do about it? Lately I’ve been just pretending not to think about it- which is the wrong answer by the way. How can you fix something if you refuse to even look at it? How do you change the radio station without pressing the buttons? How can you write a novel if you never write it? The answer is simple- you can’t.
I’m hoping by typing this up here it will inevitably help me get back on track with my book. Dump out everything here that I don’t need and then switch Google Docs back to my WIP (Work in Progress).
I've got a temporary title picked out but I'm not sure about it: A World Out There what do you guys think?
There are a few characters that I absolutely love, and a few that need some polishing I’ve managed to go and write myself into a corner. Our dear main character is currently in the middle of the most awkward meeting in existence. The words aren’t sticking together well and now it makes my stomach hurt to think of the scene.
So what could I do? Delete it? Sure. But what if I decide I need it later? I’ll probably just copy paste it into another Google Doc and try again.
For some reason my least favorite part of writing is (the best part) switching things around. I have an undo button. Nothing I do HAS to stay the way it is or stay the way it will be. It’s so easy to go back and fix it, maybe even too easy. So why does my brain go ‘Nah, let’s not lol. Here’s a nervous tummy as a distraction.” I have no idea! But I’m not going to let that stop me. I will reach twenty-thousand before the end of April. If I can write fifty-thousand in a month, then I absolutely can write twenty-thousand!
Will I be typing tonight? I really hope so. In the meantime I’ll listen to music and stall until I get a good idea or end up writing some scenes for later in the book. I think it will help me get to my goal now that I’ve published it on the internet for all to see.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll even show up past me and write more than twenty-thousand... I'm getting ahead of myself again.
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