In Need of Matchsticks

2nd/3rd November

I am so very, very tired I have no idea how I have stayed up to write this.

Anyway, I have had a revelation.

Post-its are good, sleep is also good and coffee is magic.

All three of the above have helped me kick-start my first proper NaNoWriMo Day of 2016.   (I am already uncertain of how long this shall last.)

In other news, facebook is bad, Netflix is also bad, and getting up continuously to make coffee is time wasting, despite the fact that coffee is magic.

Anyway, where was I?  Ah yes.  My revelation.

The key to NaNoWriMo.

My new motto, if you will:

It doesn’t matter if what you’re writing is  shit, as long as you’re writing it.

I know it’s not that inspirational but, here’s the thing, I was so concerned that what I was writing was bad that it would take me an hour to write a measly three hundred words.   NaNoWriMo isn’t about perfection, it’s about getting shit done.

It’s about writing.  Simple as that.   You can go back and edit later, you can take sentences out, re-write them, move them, swap chapters, insert commas, fuck it you can even delete characters if you really want, but the point is you can do it later.  When you already have 50,000 plus words under your belt.  When you have room to play.

You have ideas, lots of them, and sometimes when you put pen to paper those ideas just don’t come out how you want them to.  So you delete it and put it off and re-write and delete and on and on it goes until you have nothing to show for it and only an idea still just floating around in your brain-space.

NaNoWriMo forces you to put it on paper (or laptop, whatever) regardless of how cringe-worthy, embarrassingly bad it may be.  It’s there, and wahey, oh look you have the beginnings of a novel draft.

And that’s an accomplishment.

So tomorrow/today is day three.  Aim for your word count.  Don’t even read through what you’re writing at this point.  At the end of November you will have your 50,000 words and you can read it then.

And then you can play.

Happy Writings you crazy NaNoWriMo-ers.

Rachel xx


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