Yesterday I officially hit my half way mark on this crazy adventure I've embarked upon called NaNoWriMo. For those of you who aren't familiar, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Yes, a month! So yesterday I hit 25,000 words. It was so exciting to see that number on my word count bar!
Am I writing a "good" novel? Um, probably not. But what this exercise has done for me is make me shut off that inner editor; something I've struggled with most of my writing life. I am just writing! I'm getting the story out without worrying about whether there are flaws, mistakes, plot holes or inconsistencies. There will be time to go back and deal with all that minutiae. Right now, my goal is to just get the story out, from beginning to end. It's been utterly amazing to me how freeing this exercise is. I have been a writing machine! Not worrying about whether my story is good, or if my grammar is correct, has brought out the creative part of my brain in a way I haven't experienced in years. It's been a blast being given permission to wallow in the "glorious mess" (thank you Tad...) called First Draft.
So write on, dear writers and fellow NaNo participants! Don't let that Inner Editor hold you back. It is possible to overcome. And a lot of fun a long the way.