April Fool’s Day. I am going to challenge myself this month. I have “signed up” for the NaNoWriMo April Writer’s Camp. I didn’t know about it until a couple of weeks ago, but I decided to give it a try. It is a motivational “camp” where you join eleven other “campers” in a “cabin” and together you motivate each other to meet your writing goal for the month. My writing goal: 50,000 words. Yep, that is not a typo, 50,000! That breaks down to 1,667 words per day! I wish there were 31 days this month! Not that the one day would make all that much difference, 55 fewer words per day, but maybe I could miss a day? Already looking for a way to procrastinate, and I have never procrastinated before!
There are only a few people in my life that know about my life-long dream of writing a book and having it publish and having it sell! I’ve revised that dream to a realistic goal of writing the book. If it gets published, which I can now do myself it no one else does, that is a plus. Of course, the writing is the first step. There are more people in my life who know that I am a perfectionist. Writing a book and being a perfectionist are two things that do not mesh well, I am finding. At least not when I am writing the first draft of my first book! I am trying to follow the advice of the saying I have hanging above my computer by Iain Banks: ” Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. If you try to polish every sentence there’s a chance you’ll never get past the first chapter.”
So, I will be writing, not polishing, not perfecting, not proofing; just writing. This will be hard for me, as it is totally against my natural tendencies. But isn’t that what writing, like life, is all about: stretching ourselves beyond our comfort zone, stepping outside the box, trying new things, etc. I haven’t done much of that either, at least not recently. I’ve been too complacent with staying inside my safe, little cocoon where I know what will happen. Part of that is because of my health and part is because of finances and those concerns remain, however, there are ways to step out a little and writing is one of them. That is why I started this blog, to step out a little, to try my hand at writing and see if I received any positive feedback. I have and it has felt good. This is NOT a plea for positive feedback now…I wouldn’t feel it was genuine if I received a plethora of positive responses! I am grateful for all that I have received and will receive (hopeful thinking)!
And my writing journey continues, albeit a bit scarier and more intense…