Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Block Dude for Writers

I have never written so much consistently every day in my life than right now.

Yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year. It is my first time and so although I have heard both horror stories and amazing recounts, I wasn't sure where I would fit, other than finishing.

It is a challenge having to write every day, especially as a student. If you miss a day, that's over 3.3K you have to write the next day, and the stress gets worse with every subsequent missed day.

But, my problem hasn't been meeting word count. In fact, I'm a couple hundreds words ahead, which is somewhat surprising.

My story started off with a great premise, and it still is great. The story is telling for many writers, although because it is fiction, I have to include some things that reality doesn't necessarily. But, since when is reality expected? Things happen for no reason all of the time. So, to that degree, my story is more real than I would like at times.

But, the writer's block. I never really hit that in my prose, but in making the story more interesting in some avenues, it put me in a strange position. I think most of my 27K words are of quality, especially for the NaNo quickness.

You have to keep writing, and you don't want to churn out crap. I try my best to make sure that I keep up the word count and write the highest quality that I can. Of course, that's not always possible. But, the most I'm trying to make is that sometimes you're in a part of the story that is just difficult to write. You make some big change, and the character(s) are confused with where to go or how to think.

Therefore, NaNoWriMo is both a blessing and a curse for writers. There is the swiftness of the craft, but if you want to write consistent quality and take time to plan out the story (which I hardly do), then NaNo may not be for you. Fortunately, I tend to write quality anyway.

End of Arrogant Rant.

-jheld out