Does anyone know what next month is? Yes it is November; the month represented by Thanksgiving and Black Friday, nationwide debuts of The Nutcracker and other holiday-themed shows and my final countdown to snowboarding season.
But it is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Already the site advertises more than 15,000 writers signed up to do what many would consider impossible—write a 50,000 novel in 30 days. Do I find this daunting? You have no idea!
But even more so than getting 50,000 words down in 30 days, is following the guidelines—or recommendation—to not ‘edit as you write.’ The purpose is to get your thoughts and ideas documented. Making it coherent, understandable and pretty comes later.
When I consider that I’ve been known to whip out a 1,000-blog entry in under 20 minutes, it really doesn’t seem that that hard. Yet, I remind myself that it sometimes takes me up to 45 minutes to then edit that entry—rewording cliché phrases, thesaurus’ing big words and Googling possible inaccuracies—until I am content with the posting.
That kind of behavior will not fly in November.
So wish me luck—not for being speedy in transcribing my ideas, but rather in letting go of my need for perfection.
I’ll need it!