Why do we want to write? Maybe you don’t want to write and I am an arse for making an assumption. I am currently editing my first novel, Allison. Due for release in December 2018. It is a simple love and adventure story with the necessary love, heartbreak, romance raging psychopath combo.
Nanowrimo, is making its way around again. I have a new story burbling away waiting to be unleashed. It will be my third run and nano and as impractical as it may be to commit this time, I simply have to.
Allison was my first and I think it is about time I let her out of the drawer, polish her up and set her free to make way for a new adventure.
“The Road to hell is paved with works in progress.” Philip Roth
George Orwell said “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
While I don’t think of writing as a painful illness, it is certainly an addiction. I often think that I will be driven mad if I fail to squeeze out the opportunities to write around the edges of my day. My days are busy, but so is my mind. What a failed life I will live if I do not write the stories I have inside, the ones to come and to one day dust off the ones forgotten. Nanowrimo ensures that I take time to write, to meet the challenge, to expel the story.
The true discipline for me is what comes after, the slow seemingly unending process of editing. I am giving myself four weeks to complete a comprehensive line edit on Allison before sending her off to an editor, while I kick on with Nano.
I am looking forward to Nano, to finding out about my characters, listening to them and seeing their lives, however briefly, take flight across the white screen. The joy of watching my story unfold makes it all worth while.
Wish me luck!