In my early years I was a novelist. That’s exactly how confused I was. To think I dreamed of banging out 100,000 words on the keyboard when today a solid piece of work might not even break the 100 mark.
(I still have ideas. Notions. Inklings… maybe one day I’ll return to playing with the “big stories”.)
Noveling actually taught me, by accident, that I was a poet.
My early years as a poet consisted of a few key points:
- Entering every contest I could find that I thought I could “win big” at and preferably cost less than $30 to enter
- Thinking up all of the amazing titles I could use for future poetry collections (I have whole lists in some of my poetry journals)
- Writing only when the mood, the air, the sunlight, the whatever seemed conducive for poetry
- Figuring out what exactly qualifies as “real poetry” (Hint, it isn’t always perfect end rhyme)
- Wondering how on earth someone “finds their voice”
- Somehow still being certain that I was pretty damn special and the world just had to find me to see it
Do you see a pattern here? In the early years we want to make it big with as little effort as possible as we romanticize the glamour of being a mysterious writer.
The early years are like writing with a fabulous feathered quill by candlelight. The middle years are a Bic pen that only sometimes works while you sit next to an uncomfortably dim lamp.
Welcome to National Novel Writing Month! So you have taken up the challenge to write 50,000 words this month. Congratulations! You’ll need a way to keep your goals in sight.
Your NaNoWriMo calendar for 2013 gives you an invaluable tool for successfully hitting your word count goals, and vanquishing your evil inner editor. Think of it like a second conscience, or a trusty sidekick to keep you on course.
Here are a few of my personal word-tracking favorites for NaNo 2013:
Kudos to phophodrago. Continue reading
Do you have a story to tell?
Now is the time. The team who inspired over 20,000 writers to knock out their novel during NaNoWriMo invites you to Camp NaNo. Pack your pens, your laptop, and your world building notes.
Q: So what is Camp NaNoWriMo?
A swift kick in the pants to get your story started. Also a national movement. Started in 2011 as a challenge to write 50,000 words during the summer instead of November, the traditional month of NaNo.
Q: Can I write about ducks?