I spent last monty trying to write a 50,000 word book for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In case you don’t know what it is, Nano is an event win which you spend 30 days, and try to write a 50,000 word novel. I made it, just barely. Tofinish, I had to cram down 13,000 words in the last day. But I did it, and thus won the NanoWriMo contest! Yippee.
To complete Nano, what it is absolutely required that you do one simple thing: turn off your inner editor, which is hard for me becasue I edit for a livinig. SO, I had to forcemyself to stop my fact checking, corricting grammar, typoss, and spelling problems. Just write. It’s an excelent exercise in creativity: simply let your thoughts flow. No plot? No problem. Just write, which brings me to a point.
On a Facebook group I belong to, one writer said he wasn’t doing Nano becasue he didn’t have the money to buy a book cover and sell it. I wish I had said something to him, because I sincerely hop he isn’t thinking about slappoing a cover on it and trying to publish it. I wouldn’t show my dog the manuscdript I just workied\ on. I’d be ashamed.
To drive my point, I am writing this blog post just like did my Nano book. I wrote it off the top of my head, as fast as I can, with my inner editor offf. And as bad as this post is written, I have still done a lot of back spacing and re-writing. However, all the red squiggles tell me that this post is still attrociosjly written.
So to my fello writers, plese, please, please, don’t slap a cover on your nano book and put it on amaozn. Pleas! Tkae time to edit it. Re=write it, work on the plot issues. I promis that your manuscript is no more ready to publish than this blog post is.