I am a bit behind with a few things this week. Blogging, NaNo novel (for new readers I am taking part in National Novel Writing Month and attempting to write 50,000 of a novel during November), laundry, general house sorting, to name a few. I’m blaming half term, (wonderful) family visiting and then a trip to Disneyland Paris, so some lovely distractions!
On Monday I was finally back at my desk writing and I only managed a paltry 744 words that day. Still, the important thing is that I wrote something. Some words (however bad they are) are better than no words at all.
A couple of people have asked me, ‘So when do you write? Do you have to pick a good time when you feel inspired?’ My answer to that has always been, ‘Actually it’s mostly just about doing the work.’ The most important lesson I have learned this year is that I need to turn up. So many things demand our time, some more important that others and most do need doing at some point. But I’m learning that if there’s something I’m passionate about doing, then I need to prioritize it. Make the time, not find the time. I need to get on with it.
Of course, some inspiration is useful once in a while (!) but I’ve found that most of my important ideas about plot, characters etc strike me when I’m not actually sat down typing. I have exciting notebooks full of scribbles all over the place, but the real work takes place here. Fingers to keyboard.
There is a great pep talk by Kami Garcia on the NaNo website about this which you can look at here http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/kami-garcia
Love the tough love! So I better get on with it. Do the work.