This is it. Here we are. I am all set.
That’s why I’m sitting down and writing this blog post instead of working on the first scene of the next IE book. Mmhmm.
I confess, the fact that I haven’t written anything new since July does make that blank page look daunting. The flashing cursor, the emptiness. The lack any previous scene to work off of…. it’s scary. Fitting for the day after Halloween.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that day. I would guess that a lot of people who signed up for NaNo this year might look at that empty page, believe they can’t do it, and quit before they even begin.
But that won’t be you, right? You’ve spent October psyching yourself up to get these words down and there is nothing stopping you but your own brain. And guess what, your brains have nothing to do with the first draft if you don’t want them to. Shut down the thinking. Just tell the story.
This year, I spent most of October planning my November. Even yesterday, I was warm and toasty at Tim Horton’s outlining the first scenes. I’ve gone for walks to smooth out plot gaps, and have rewritten my outline so many times, I feel like I’ve already written it.
That doesn’t mean the next month will be easy. Sometimes the effort to get the words down for the day can take ninja skills to find the time and motivation. But we will get there.
That’s why I’m planning/hoping to write a bunch of NaNo posts as I go. Mostly to keep myself in check, but I’ll also fill them with my methods to stay on target and get around the brick walls that usually comes at the 1/4, 50%, & 3/4 marks.
Feel free to share your own progress in the comments as we go. Doing super well? Share your numbers to keep others motivated! Feeling a need for some encouragement and cheerleading? I’ve got that in abundance, too.
So now it’s time. You ready? Let’s do this.