So I bombed horribly with NaNoWriMo 2011. Between a complicated work contract, the holidays, my rheumatoid arthritis, and homeschooling, I didn’t have anything left to give. My writing group understood and gave me some grace. I didn’t give my self much grace because I am, after all, superwoman and must accomplish 6 impossible things before breakfast (including bounding over tall buildings and looking great in a short skirt).
With six months separation, though, I have come to see what others saw: I was totally insane.
I have now regained my sanity (and an easier schedule) so I feel able to tackle another NaNo. Good thing Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. And, believe it or not, I have a story to tell.
Okay, I always have a story to tell. My brain overflows with them. The problem I mostly have is 1) time to tell it, and 2) ending the stupid thing. I have great premises but never any endings. How can I write if I don’t know where I’m going to? Well I think I have solved that particular problem with this new story by a time-honored tradition. I stole it.
Well, maybe stealing is too strong of a word.
Maybe not. I just watched a TV show that reminds me a lot of the urban chick fantasy literature out there* and saw the perfect ending. I imagine that I will not use it but, and I think this is big, it gets me over the hump of not having an ending. Knowing that I have someplace to go really frees up my creativity so I can get on with the writing.
What about you? What are your roadblocks to writing and what do you do to overcome them?
* Strong and sexy female main character that kicks butt, smart aleck side kick, lots of fantasy elements including really good looking fae who are desperately in love with said MC.