You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.
Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, what did you accomplish during the month? What did you learn about yourself as a writer during the process?
Parkinson’s law basically says that every task will expand to fill the available time.
For me, though it’s not true with every task, it is with writing. It’s not that I don’t put in the time or effort, or rack up the words. I do. The problem is that I’m a fiddler, and though I have a plot (which I love) and know what needs to happen in each scene, I spend way too much time word-smithing instead of just getting on with the story. When the prose won’t flow, I wind up deleting words almost as fast as I type them in. (Seriously—one day my gross word count was over 900, but my net was negative 56.) Continue reading