Today I participated in a writer’s group in town. They meet twice a month to write.
It’s one of the best groups I’ve found. It’s because of these women and the creativity they share, I’ve been able to work up the courage to take on NaNoWriMo again this year. They are also why I’ve been able to finally push “publish” on Amazon after years of fear. The books aren’t *that great,* but they’re there.
The reason they’re there: Because I wanted to – no, needed to – see and feel what the entire process of writing, finishing, editing and publishing a book was like. They’re all short story/novella length, nothing flashy. The point is, they exist (even if only digitally).
They exist for the same reason I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. To experience a committed writing schedule. To write 50,000 words in one month. To write as much of one novel length story as possible.
Eighteen days into this month, I know the habit of writing on a daily basis is cementing. I’m actually worried about how I’ll get words onto paper or screen and my word count updated on the NaNoWriMo website during what will be a very busy weekend. But I’m committed, so I will make it happen. As long as I don’t forget, which can happen when I get busy.
But, eighteen days into this and I find my story is running out of steam, and going in too many different directions. I lost my focus, I got way off the path and I might as well shred my outline. I know I’ve been writing about this for a few days now, but as of today, it’s serious.
So I took a break. I went to the writer’s group and thankfully all of the prompts were nothing I felt I could use in my NaNo project. I was able to just create on the fly and step away from the story that’s been tangling up my mind for too many days now. I did add them into my NaNo word count, though. Hope that’s not cheating.
I also spent a little time on twitter. A favorite account I’m following twitter, @DIYAuthor is using a fun hashtag #MyWritingSpace. Here’s a picture of the latest writing space configuration in my house. What’s yours look like? Share it on twitter with the rest of the gang!
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