Still in the middle of National Novel Writing Month. Still spending five-plus hours per day getting those 2,200 words on the page. (Normally, it would be more like 1,600, but I was behind due to a sprained spine; more on that to come.) I am trying to keep writing and stop wanting to lollygag and do things like work on the cover art, work on a book trailer idea, format what I’ve written so far to look like a novel, start a website for my next book release… oh, the pitfalls of speed writing! And I am up to my armpits in the usual novel-writing doubts interspersed with random moments of shocking pride, exhilaration, and self-perceived brilliance.
During NaNoWriMo (see previous blog entry for explanation), I get daily emails with articles and tips for writing, and writing fast, and also about endurance. In lieu of writing my own blog in the middle of all this insanity (and what enjoyable insanity it is, especially coupled with the beautiful fall weather and the buzz of the holidays), I am going to point you to my favorite writing on this month-long event, to date. I found this article inspiring and wonderful, possibly a little mind-blowing, even worth re-directing you from my blog to somewhere else in the world wide web.
Please come back.
But here it is; “Pep Talk” by Catherynne Valente
*To continue this thread with the rest of NaNoWriMo 2013, click here.