NaNoWriMo: It’s a matter of trust for some writers

nanowimoNot really a trust issue for me; I have a whole lot of keys on this keyboard and I’m not afraid to use any of them.  But there’s a different perspective from Lynn Viehl:

Tomorrow it will be one week since writers around the world began working on their National Novel Writing Month book. I always love the first week of writing a new novel, but I always hate it, too. There’s the excitement of beginning a new story, which clashes with the dread that I’ve chosen the wrong idea to write. I’ve probably had the characters in my head for quite some time, and yet I’ve never heard them before on the page (a bit of synethesia there; I hear my characters via the dialogue I write.) Unless I’m working on a series book I’m generally in a new place with a lot of unfamiliar folks doing things unknown to me, and this can be both exhilarating and exhausting.

For some of you this first week has been instructive; it’s given you a chance to engage in a work routine, figure out how much you can comfortably write per day, etc. You’ve discovered self-discipline, internal or external motivation, and how you may best do this thing. For some of you it’s been the exact opposite; you’re fighting with the words and the characters and the concept; the story is getting away from you (or hasn’t appeared at all as you imagined it), and you may even be thinking this was a very bad idea, and/or you’re considering tossing in the towel now before you end up looking/feeling/writing like a fool. Most of you will waffle between these two states or land somewhere in the middle of them for the next twenty-five days.

From what I’ve experienced and observed over my 15+ years as a novelist, the difference between the writer who glides through the work and the writer who plows through it is monumental and yet also very simple: trust. If you trust in yourself and your idea and your skills and everything you possess to pour into writing this story, you will glide. If you don’t, you will plow. You’ll probably do a little of both — and you never really know how it’s going to be until you begin to write that day.

You can read her entire post HERE.

It’s not too late to start your novel! You CAN write 50,000 words in a month!  Sign up for NaNoWriMo today!  You can do this HERE.