Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Just The Beginning

In the beginning, I read some of the criticism that was flying around regarding NaNoWriMo. Having participated and finished (YAY!), I have decided not to listen to any of the nay-sayers.

Writers have different reasons for pledging to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Some say that it's no big deal. Well, it was a big deal for me and who are you to minimize my achievement? I had a few reasons for chaining myself to my desk for a month. First and foremost, I needed a push to move beyond the realm of short stories. I also needed to get myself into a writing rhythm. With three small children and a job, writing every single day wasn't part of my schedule and I needed it to be. Finally, I needed to prove to myself that I could do it. It didn't hurt that I proved it to a few other people either.

Some of the writers will never look at their 50,000 words again. They will file them in a folder on their desktop and let them collect dust, so to speak. For my manuscript, NaNoWriMo was just the beginning. I have created a character that I really like and I think I owe it to her not to drop her into the abyss of my hard drive.

I am sure that on my first readthrough, I will find that I wrote a lot of crap during NaNoWriMo, but I wrote it. I plan on finishing it, editing it, revising it, polishing it and getting it to a point that someone else's eyes are ready to see it. NaNoWriMo got the ball rolling and I am going to keep it rolling, just not at the insane pace that November demanded.

The nay-sayers can keep on nay-saying. I am going to keep on writing.


  1. Well done, Laura. The bottom line is that you can't edit a blank page

  2. Laura: consider coming to The Journey, the Naperville regional annual writer's meeting Jan 8, 1145AM to 3pm in Naperville. Sure to be some fun planning for 2011. Se the naperville Naperwrimo website for details.

    Keep going. Your plot idea is strong. You'll make a mint off it when Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt take the leads onscreen. --Steve

  3. I, for one, can't wait to read that dang book. I'm hooked :)

  4. Thanks Steve! I'll definitely plan to be there!