Deep in the Pit of NaNoWriMo
Yes, I’m writing the book. No, that does not mean I’ve abandoned the blog. It is the fifth of November. I have hit my word count on three of the days. I have missed it completely on the other two. Yes, life happened. Am I going to catch up? I don’t know. It turns out 50,000 words is a lot to write in a month. Also, writing books is hard. Who knew?
When writing, I’m horrified by the inadequacy of my work. The book is not yet as good as I want it to be. I keep revising bits, although I know that that’s against the NaNoWriMo rules. Mind you, so is writing a book about selling things instead of a novel, so there we go.
I found this post, 10 things I learned while writing my last book, by Austin Kleon, inspirational. At the moment, #3 is the one that’s really resonating for me. I keep realising, very painfully, that my research is completely inadequate. It’s clear that the correct approach to speed writing is to leave gaps with notes but press on until I’ve written absolutely everything that I do know already down. But that’s so hard. And anyway, do I really know it?
Writing doesn’t require as many tools as shirt making. I’m writing using Scrivener. Scrivener’s an official sponsor of NaNoWriMo, so they have a special offer, with a trial and coupon. I hate writing at any length greater than a blog post, so my associations with Scrivener are faintly unhappy for such a great program. But it really does make it easier to organise large chunks of writing. Apart from Scrivener, I’m mostly just using coffee and tears.