Actually I’m not. . .but starting off a new blog by saying “Welcome to my brain. . . Now go home” didn’t sound very inviting.
So hello blog-o-sphere, I thought I would start a new blog to go along with my writing since my profession is photography and everyone keeps telling me “you’ve got to keep ’em separated”.
This year I am doing the NaNoWriMo challenge. I’ve been apart of NaNoWriMo for about 4 years now but this year is different. Why you ask? Because of a blog post by Chuck Wendig entitled SHUT UP AND WRITE (OR: “I REALLY WANT TO BE A WRITER, BUT…”) from October 15. Ok, maybe not only because of this blog post but it helped – a lot!
There are some other major factors this year too, the biggest is that I left the IT field after 18 years and am following my passion of photography. This has been the most liberating few months for me as it has been the first time in 18 years that I really haven’t worried if someone was going to call in the middle of the night, during dinner, or even a movie that I’m at with my kids.
I can finally enter that scary space where the rantings and ravings of my characters exist and stay there. So I started to write just before the monthly challenge and was able to put some words down. THEY SUCKED!! They all sucked. At least that’s what it felt like to me. Enter Chuck.
I read that blog post and laughed – hard. It was super sarcastic but super on point. I also heard a podcast of Writing Excuses that has one of my favorite authors(Brandon Sanderson). They were both saying the same thing… one was just less sarcastic…. Writers just write. So I allowed myself to write the crappy words, cliche phrases and start NaNoWriMo for a fourth year with the same book idea.
The difference this year??? Yep, I’m writing. Some days it’s easier than others but as of 11-7 I am at 12,316 words!! WOOT!!
What’s better is that the characters are finally starting to open up to me and show me their true identities, I’ve plotted most of the novel at a high level, and at the end of the day, even my wife says that it doesn’t all suck!!
So here’s to another 1,667 words tomorrow…. Er today!