If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” ~Margaret Atwood
Writing is a journey…most days it is an exhilarating adventure that never disappoints, always lending its cathartic powers to the creative soul who has taken up the mantle to bring life through the power of word, paper and pen…or computer.
But there are moments (for many those moments show themselves during NaNoWriMo) where our fountain of words and musing seem to run dry, our focus is lost, or the plot line has gone from thick with delectable tension to just being nothing short of sludgy mud.
If you are like me, you find that in these moments you are questioning your ability as a word weaving wordsmith. You wonder if you can truly hack it. If you have been writing for any length of time, especially during NaNo, the answer is yes!
What we as creatives must never cease to remember is that even though we have something good, it doesn’t mean that every moment is going to be great. That is what editing is for.
So in this final week of NaNoWriMo 2017, I would like to give you your last bottle of refreshment for this writing marathon.
- As already stated, you will have plenty of room to edit, to build your plot, rework it, or slim it down. Keep your focus on the words ahead and be grateful for what you’ve learned from the work behind you.
- Ignore the pull of perfection. Perfection comes with practice but in the case of writing editing and revisions.
- Remember that sometimes your dry spell for words is really the result of an exhausted muse and mind. Allow yourself the chance to refuel. None of us are machines no matter how much we tend to believe the converse.
- Give yourself a pat on the back for the job well done thus far.
Whether you make novel status by the end of this month or not you’ve still done a fantastic job.
Keep writing. Keep creating. Keep soaring and enjoy the wonder of writing!
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!