Today is Day 5 of NaNoWriMo. I have not yet done my NaNo time today, but I will. Current word count 8,294 of 50,000. I hope to smash through the 10,000-word mark tonight.
I’m a greyhound at the track when I sit down to NaNo (It’s a verb! It’s a noun! It’s SuperFun!), even though as I take my seat in front of the keyboard I cannot tell you what I will write about. I just expect to pound out 2,000 words and I do.
The NaNo experience: A story appearing out of the darkness.
By this time last year, I was already in a muddle, hating my (lack of) story. Not so this year. I see potential; I like the idea behind the words I’m writing, if not the words themselves.
The idea didn’t exist before I started writing, and the continued writing is what is shaping the idea. (Truth be told, it’s only half an idea at this point, but the other half is there–I just can’t see it yet.)
If I were a sculptor, I wouldn’t expect my David to appear by itself. I would expect to chip away at some rock. A story is a sculpture; ya gotta get in there and chip away at some rock. Find what’s inside. But it’s a forgiving sculpture. If you accidentally whack off a nose or ear, you can go back and put another one on.
I know. All writers rave about the writing process, and it’s much the same for everyone, so it’s all been said before. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most exciting experiences I know. Week 1 tends to be the easy one, so I’m reveling in it.
Categories: Children's writing