If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.
– Louis L’Amour
Isn’t this a remarkably logical analogy? Pondering, ruminating, meditating, and considering are all very good, but until the thoughts are forced up the pipe and onto the page, we have nothing.
When I wrote Grace Awakening Dreams and Power, it took just under six months to go from nothing to over 150,000 words. That’s about 25,000 words a month, half the pace of NaNoWriMo. No wonder I’m feeling pressured. I do my writing for the day, and hit ‘word count.’ It is generally about 850 words. Inwardly I groan, because I need to double that count. Sometimes I just go right back and pound out the next scene, but most of the time I need a break.
I would like to keep up the ‘assigned’ pace, but if I don’t, I just have to continue with my comfortable pace and I will get there eventually. The important thing, as L’Amour says, is just to sit down and write. As Diana Gabaldon reminds me, it’s important to write every day to keep up the inertia.
Write on NaNobots! We shall get there eventually if we don’t give up!
NaNoWriMo Day 10: 1101 (Total for November so far: 13,900)