Since 2013 I’ve participated in Nanowrimo off and on. For those of you not in the know, Nanowrimo is an an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month. Because we are a society that likes alliteration, it would only make sense that this event happens in the month of November. I’ve finished some great short stories in this time, but to put that 50,000 words towards a novel already in the works has never happened.
So, my goal this year is to finish the first draft of my novel, Song of the Limberlost. I’m currently about halfway through, and while it’s absolutely a pet project, I’ve also been puttering along. The thing about writing a novel that requires heavy research, is that it unfortunately presents as an excuse for why you haven’t finished you. Admittedly, this has been the case for me as well. Given that I’m an editor during my day job, that also transfers over to my writing style as I heavily edit as I write. Both things that can stall first draft completion if you allow it.
To push myself past this not so lovely habit that I’ve found myself in, I’m setting aside my tendencies to get lost in research and editing before I need to. Getting the bare bones of this project on paper is the plan. So away with the perfectly crafted dialogue and the descriptive sentences, away with the proper Latin names of moths and other lepidopterology (look it up!), away with all the things that have kept me from finishing this first draft. Sometimes, all we need is the opportunity to present itself, to give us the right scenario or situation to spur us into action.
And for those of you struggle to finish a writing project, or even start one, take a look into Nanowrimo. It might be just the push you need!