And just like that…

I have already failed Nanowrimo. I just sank under the pressure and couldn’t write a word. I have two critiques to work on, promo for Ten Tips going on, post Halloween blues, and writing group meeting tonight. I work full-time, I exercise at the gym twice or thrice a week… blah blah blah. None of that sounds very impressive, but it is. It is in my life.

I don’t have the leisure of sitting down every night to write unimpeded. It’s really bothering me. So, another Nano bites the dust. I just read recently an author who is turning out about 9 books a year. WHAT????? How on earth does one DO that??? If I could write that much that freely, I might have no problem with writing under pressure (is Nano really that much pressure??) — I think my main problem is I have to make sure every tee is crossed and every eye dotted. I am such a perfectionist.

I edit as I go as well as in follow up drafts. It is just too difficult to write bad and keep writing. It bothers me when I know my writing isn’t good. I cannot let that stuff go. It’s gotta be corrected and perfected and THEN I can go forth.

This is why I am not a Nano-er. I can’t write garbage. I just can’t. And just like that…I have solved my dilemma. Either learn to write crap, or forget doing Nano.

About master

Kim Smith is the author of Disk of Death, The Dread Room, Love Inn, and An Unexpected Performance.

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