I’m not just in the first week of a writing challenge, but in the first week of writing discovery. It is the start of a new way of writing for me and it could change the way I do writing.
|Sophie decided that I needed to take a|
break from editing.
KIN is nearing three years of work. I am in the revision portion of the novel and balancing it with this new project. Looking back, I decided that writing was the easiest part of Kin. The struggle that I am having with is with revisions. When it comes to revision, readers are one of the most important resources and I found amazing critique partners. However, I am still in the part where I am holding it close to myself and scared to let it go. I am almost there to give the full manuscript to read, but not quite yet.
This new novel, I wanted to approach it differently from the lessons that I have learned about my writing style. I decided I want more of an outline, but I also provide the freedom of exploration. I have a small idea, but decided to go with it during NaNoWriMo month. I am letting ideas flow and writing in 250-500 word spurts to get to know my characters, the setting, and the conflicts. When I have about 6,000-10, 000 words, I am going to sit down and form that outline. What I have learned in just the first 3,000 words will really help in forming this into a fun middle grade book and possibly help with my future revision process.
I recognize the failures in my writing process. I can actually see the ways that I have grown and that gives me the strength to keep moving. Everything I write isn’t the best thing ever, but that doesn’t matter. It is proof that I am a daredevil in my own way.
Make sure to visit the link where I snagged my quote. Bookmark it for when you feel down or you want something different from the Ira Glass video.
And that, people, is my NaNoWriMo pep talk.