Friday, December 07, 2012

A Bit Forward

Hey writers, don't stop writing - go forward
and keep at it. You'll write crap and you'll
write brilliance and if you're lucky most
everything you write will fall in the middle.
Over at The Confabulator Cafe today I'm talking about how NaNoWriMo went for me. I'm really pleased with what I've learned by participating over the last five years and I know I've definitely upped my game. I'm getting what I need from it. Go ahead, see what I had to say about it. The rest of this'll wait.

Hm? Hello again. Great. Thanks for coming back.

So now that we've looked back at last month, I'm all about going forward. I'm still developing my plan for next year as I'm swamped in editing this book. It's going well, just now that I have some definite things to work on (damn the passive voiced me) I have to finish it. Then send it back off and cross my fingers.

Once that's out the door, I'm going back to edit the novel I've written so far for passive voice so I can hammer home not to continue writing things like "was going" in the narrative. It's okay to have passive verbiage in dialogue with characters who talk that way but eliminating that stuff in the narrative (unless it's first person POV) makes the story better. Trust me. After I've gotten that accomplished I'll get back to writing.

But I've got a short to write for the Cafe and some blog posts here and there to stay ahead of. December's shaping up to be JUST as busy as November was.

And that's a lot of what I learned from five years of NaNo: it doesn't end. Being a writer is an ongoing concern. It's every day, every week, every month. On Wednesday a friend Tweeted that one should "never give up" and I replied "only long enough to sleep".

I think that's probably pretty good advice. Because, after all, the way to getting published is never giving up. It's writing every day.

Now I've got to get back to it. See you next week.

1 comment:

JC Rosen said...

On the nose. I love NaNo for reinforcing the message. It can get the momentum building, but a writer must keep it going. NaNo helps the writer prove it's possible in the first place. "Being a writer is an ongoing concern." So true. Stick with it, wrimos! Thanks for this reminder.

Take care,
JC