I will admit it that I have been slacking. And now I feel fat. Not literally though-
Let me explain.
Many people have asked me “how did you write a novel and maintain a full time job?” My response is typically to explain that writing is like exercising. It’s work and takes discipline, but ultimately, I feel better about life after doing it. The routine gives me that content, productive, got-my-ish-together feeling. And then they understand.
Since I haven’t been writing or blogging regularly, I don’t know how else to describe my current state other than to say I feel fat.
But it’s ok because I have a plan.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where people all over the country (world? universe?) strive to write 50,000 words by November 30. All those people out there with a novel inside of them make an attempt to finally get it out. Part of me thinks the whole thing feels weirdly contrived. The other part thinks this may be the only way to get me back into the groove. I’m embracing the “other part” and thus I will strive to (1) revise my novel (again) and (2) get back to blogging weekly.
Substantively, I need to work on the dude aka my male protagonist. Everyone hates him but me. It wouldn’t bother me if some people didn’t like him, but this is consistent feedback that I have received, which is not right because he is supposed to be a decent human being. So, despite my previous resistance, I’m going to try re-writing his chapters in the first person. That is supposed to be the perspective that people connect to the most, so maybe that will help resolve the problem.
Technically, I just need to cut some stuff out. Usually, I’m good at eliminating superfluous words/paragraphs. But usually, I’m also working on shorter documents. It can literally take me hours to revise a memo that’s only 4 or 5 pages. Nevertheless, that’s one of my most important writing skills so I might as well apply it to the most (personally) important thing I’ve ever written!
So basically, I have nine more days of fatness to go. Thankfully, I’ll be on vacation for four of them. Wish me luck!
P.S. I got an e-mail from my novel the other day: