Writing Log 12/26/2012

NaNoWriMo story – 20 minutes – continuing the story

Blog – 45 minutes – updating theme, posting

22 Warning: Imagination Specialist at Work

Did you ever wonder what inspires our children? Apparently, Little J is taking after his mom…

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21 I am a WRITER

Today I declare that I am a WRITER. That’s correct, you heard me. I am a writer. No more excuses. The “one day maybe” is finally here today. I will finish my book, I will edit the darn thing, and I will publish it (even if I have to do it myself*).

Thanks to Simply Jan for the heads up on this great challenge! Go read her blog, she’s awesome. If you want to join the challenge, go over to Jeff Goins blog and join up.

* I acknowledge that there is an alarming amount of self-published drivel available across the interwebs. I will do my best not to add to it.
cover image credit: A Writer’s Tools 2 by bloodylery

20 According to Anne Lamott

Nuts by Jepthe

Image by jepthe @ sxc.hu

So Camp NaNoWriMo is going along pretty well. I’m actually relieved to be able to say that. I admit to myself it isn’t great prose but, and this is a big but, it is words on paper (electronically speaking…err typing…whatever).

I like Anne Lamott‘s term: a shitty first draft*. Because it really is going to be shitty. On the other hand, revising it will be an adventure unto itself. And I’m usually up for an adventure. Usually.

I do have a piece of advice, something you’ve probably heard a million and one times: do NOT, under any circumstances, edit. Period. Nope. Nada. Zilch. Your inner editor will make you crazy. Trust me, you do not want to end June wrapped in a straight jacket and typing with your toes.

Instead, make a note of what changes you want to make at the point you think of them and then write like they’ve already been made. The good thing about this is:

1. You have a note to yourself to make those changes during revision.

2. Your inner editor’s mouth has been duct-taped.

3. The notes can be included in your word count as they are, technically, a part of the story.

4. You can make changes on a moment’s notice without worrying about going back and making all those changes while still trying to keep to a minimum word count for the day.

So, my dears, how goes the writing? Any other pieces of wisdom to add for NaNoWriMo induced shitty first drafts?

* Sorry about the potty mouth. It’s actually the title of the third chapter in Anne Lamott’s book, bird by bird**. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have used foul language. I promise.
** I totally recommend this book.
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