Author Laura Lis Scott's offset thinking.

NaNoWriMo as motivator

I've been writing for decades, but I haven't turned a sustained effort towards fiction in ages. I guess blogging and work and other things have kept me busy enough. But they don't satisfy me like writing.

So I've been turning some of my intention towards writing a novel I have in mind. That's why I created this blog here. And I created it on Wordpress.com so I won't get distracted by designing and developing this blog itself. That would be all to easy of a procrastination activity. Oh, I can't write today! I have to deploy some module updates!

NaNoWriMo has always intrigued me, and I contemplated using it as a motivator before to actually get writing. But I didn't. Now I truly intend to do it. Or stick with it. Or use it as a jump to at least get going.

Because getting going is the point. I've written about 1000 words of the new novel so far, but they're terrible. They don't have the right voice. And now I think I've found the right voice. So I want to continue.

In a way, NaNoWriMo is a kind of collective, structured freewriting. A way to get away from the internal editor that prevents you from actually getting anywhere. And I like that idea. It's liberating.

As for what I'm writing, that will have to wait. I don't like to talk about what I'm writing until I have made some real progress.