I was torn about which cliche to use to open today’s ‘fess up: “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel” or “it’s always darkest before the dawn.” Either could apply.
Word count as of this morning: 32,717.
So this was week three of NaNoWriMo. In week two, I was drinking from a giant bowl of suck. In week three, I’m so busy just trying to keep my head above water that I don’t even care that I’m drinking from a giant bowl of suck. I just want to reach the bottom of the bowl. My mantra this week has been (and pardon the language) “Fuck it, I’ll deal with it in revision.” It’s a good mantra. I highly recommend it. It will serve me well going into week four.
Chris Baty refers to week four as the zero hour, the sink or swim, the do or die. And what a week. Thanksgiving happens smack dab in the middle of. Not to mention all the preparation for Thanksgiving and for having company and for getting a bed delivered…
But this is good. Because if there’s one thing all of us aspiring-to-be-published writers should take away from National Novel Writing Month is the discipline to keep writing. Even when things get busy. Even when it seems like the only way you’ll add any words to your manuscript will be to type them with one hand on your smart phone while waiting in the grocery check out line. The 50,000 word count is great. The first draft is nice to have (especially for freaks like me that prefer revision to drafting). But I think the real winners of NaNoWriMo are the ones that get up on December 1 and do it all over again.