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NaNoWriMo: A Lesson in Discipline

NaNoWriMo: A Lesson in Discipline

Counting today there are only ten days left for the National Novel Writing Month challenge. It’s a little hard to believe the finish line is so close, particularly after having caught up on my word count only two days ago. After 20 days and many hours of writing, thinking, stressing, pondering, and making playlists I have come to realize (and be reminded of) a few things:

  1. I can write some pretty horrible stuff.
  2. I can write some pretty good stuff.
  3. I can procrastinate like crazy, and get less accomplished than I think.
  4. I can sit down and simply write, and get more accomplished than I think.

 

No matter which grouping I have fallen into so far during this challenge, one thing I have managed to do is to stick with it – to stick with the process, the story (such as it is – LOL), and the characters. And I hope that is a writing discipline I will continue to build upon beyond November: To show up and simply start writing. It won’t all be perfect the first go-round and that’s okay. I can take the time once the rough draft is done to look for the gems and craft them into a story.

But first I must simply write.

 

*Photo Credit: eliduke (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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