It is now the second week of NaNoWriMo and I’m feeling super stoked. I’ve been writing for about two hours every morning for the last eight days and am now up to 14,599 words. Currently on track to reach 50k on the 27th. In addition, I attended my first local write-in at a Barnes and Nobles with the writers in my group. It has been a very long time since I’ve bee surrounded by other creative people who care so much about the craft of writing. It was a joy to get out of the house and meet them. Their enthusiasm was infectious and the serious tone of the write-in helped me get extra words in for the day.
The excitement of joining a community of other writers in this month-long challenge has given me time to think more on the craft of writing. Many people aspire to write, but are usually too afraid to even begin. I believe the most important thing I’ve learned so far on this journey is to write without fear. I recognize that most of the words I’m putting down are rough, unpolished. There are typos and inconsistencies within the plot, but that’s okay. The real work, after all, will be in the editing and revising. What’s important is to get the words down first and worry about the details later.
It is hard, though, because the editor in me wants to go back and polish the chapter’s I’ve written so far. So, I’ve had to tie him up and keep him locked in the basement until December 1st. If he behaves.