November 12, 2002

Birthing the Novel

The nutshell advice of Julie Smith to NaNoWriMo participants, who are writing a 50,000 word 'pretty good' novel during the month of November:

DON'T GET IT RIGHT, GET IT WRITTEN!

PUT ONE WORD AFTER ANOTHER!

MUNCH THAT ELEPHANT!

I got the newsletter because I signed up to write the novel. Then I wimped, because I couldn't imagine eating an elephant whole, and I wanted to get it right. Maybe next year.


Posted by fred1st at November 12, 2002 06:52 AM
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Write write write. Word count. You know how that is.

Just wanted to say hello today and encourage you to just WRITE!

Smooches!

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 12, 2002 07:15 AM

Hee hee. Have you read Anne Lamotte's Bird by Bird? Excellent, funny, inspiring book! I found out about NaNoWriMo really late in October . . . and it really made me go hmm . . . I almost went for it, but I'm right smack dab in the midst of chairing a job search committee (ugh), and entering the portion of the semester where things start to get kooky. Now that I know about it, though, and now that I'll have some time to think about it, and get used to the idea of it, I'm seriously thinking that I might give it a go next year.

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at November 12, 2002 11:06 AM

Well, Next year, GO for it :) As well as you write, you should.

(howdy from next door *G* in Bedford County)

Posted by: geeellell at November 12, 2002 01:46 PM

I'm so hideously behind at this point (life exigencies) that I'm tempted to throw in the towel.

HOWEVER.

NaNoWriMo is not about "getting it right" (which is what paralyzes me most of the time). It's about getting it done, right or not, good or not. This is a huge lesson that I need to learn ~ to shut up my very strict guardian censor and just blurt.

Scary, yet, but like anything disinhibiting, potentially wild crazy fun too.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at November 12, 2002 05:06 PM

You don't eat an elephant whole. You eat it one bite at a time.

Posted by: Don Lovelady at November 13, 2002 04:37 PM

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