The buzz now is all about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). I have considered participating other years, but never have. I understand it’s a great way to jumpstart your writing. As the slogan goes, “Just do it!”
I usually was halfway through another project and didn’t want to stop the momentum to start a new one. I think it would be a good thing for me to do, as I am a slow and plodding writer. To know I had to have 50,000 words done in 30 days would surely propel me out of my doldrums. Whether what I wrote would be any good or not is another question.
I share in the excitement of my writer friends as they post their word counts for the day, or number of pages, or however they chart their progress. And feel just a tiny bit guilty that I am not keeping up with this others in this race.
I was reading an author interview recently when the interviewee was asked if she had a certain number of words or pages she wrote every day. She said she didn’t count either. “I write scenes.”
My mouth may have dropped open, I’m not sure. But I felt the glow of a kindred spirit. That’s me! I wanted to shout. I write in scenes, too. It may be three pages or half a page, but when I am done I know I have accomplished my goal for the day. Just as so many words or so many pages add up to a novel, so do the equivalent number of scenes.
I’m fortunate that while I am away from my computer I have a keyboard attached to my iPad and can write a little as I sit here, keeping Jim company in the rehab center. I have actually written a few scenes in my WIP.
I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, but I am writing.
And for now, that’s enough.