It’s an interesting phenomenon, this November Novel Writing Month. That writers’ fingers can flutter out something like 50,000 words in one month’s time is impressive. And that those same fingers can pound their keyboards for solitary and silent days on end shows true perseverance and dedication, not to mention pluck.
Ivory Madison, the creator of Red Room, had a great posting on tackling the NaNoWriMo concept. She knows, as do all of us who have attempted the feat, that the key to getting the story out is letting everything else go. That is where the battle of the Writer, the Editor, and the Wordsmith begins.
From my own experience in churning the words onto the screen, I witness the struggle between the three. Their roots seem to correspond to something like these:
The Writer: transcribes the free-flow story flowing from the mysterious Deep Well
The Editor: constantly butts into Writer’s progress by interjecting the correct way to transcribe the script
The Wordsmith: pours molasses-like goo into the transcription process, leaving the Writer to plod through the paralysis of needing to perfect every word
Getting through NaNoWriMo means embracing The Writer and forgetting the other troublesome two. Certainly, editing and wordsmithing have their own place in the novel-writing process, but to be most productive (and to actually finish a manuscript), we, as writers, have to turn them off for a time.
As I work to release this next novel from the Deep Well, I’m turning off the Editor and Wordsmith and leaving my dictionary and thesaurus parked on the shelf, for now. Can’t wait to see where my next novel journey takes me …
And since I’m now on my way in the blogosphere and am balancing novel-writing as well, Wednesdays will be my target days for connecting with you all.
Back to the writing …