I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, but I’m using the idea of it as inspiration to try and write every day during November. For me the most difficult aspect of writing is maintaining a schedule or some kind of regularity to the process. I wrote most of my last book, IMMORTAL SEDUCTION, in two weeks, and the one before that in a month, but between books I tend to get side-tracked with the day job, the teenagers, the family, the…ooh look, a shiny…
In other words, I’m an expert at letting “life” get in the way of writing.
Since IMMORTAL SEDUCTION released last August, I’ve written about 5,000 words on the next book in the series, DEMON OF ENVY. Much less than I’d hoped to achieve and quite a disappointment given the amount of time I’ve had available to write.
Yes, I’ve been procrastinating. Finding excuses along the way – my daughter needs me to be available for her end of year exams, my day job is going through an extra-busy phase near the end of contract, I need to find a new job once my contract runs out in December, a family member has been ill. All of these excuses are true, and yet, I know deep down that I could have found the time to write.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m procrastinating so much because I’m scared. I am over-thinking everything, to the point where I wonder if I can really do this thing called writing. Yes, I have nine books out already, and yes, I’ve received many wonderful reviews and great reader feedback so far. But can I do it again for DEMON OF ENVY and ICE QUEEN, the final two books in the GODS OF LOVE series, or am I fooling myself?
It is time now to stop thinking and start doing. To turn off the internal editor, that doubting little voice inside, and the external world around me, and just write.
NaNoWriMo is giving me the much-needed excuse to do just that. To sit down and write every day. Not a lot of writing, admittedly, but then every little bit helps, doesn’t it? I’m aiming for 1K a day, and so far have achieved about half that. But it is more words than I had a few days ago, and this time next week I’ll have more words again.
As I prepare this blog post there are more than 280,000 writers all over the world with their bums glued to seats, writing officially as part of NaNoWriMo. Imagine how many words that will be by the end of this month!
I salute everyone in NaNo for giving it a go, and in their honour, I will give it a go, too, in my own little way.
When Jennifer Lynne is not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she’s working in the day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to find time for her lovely new husband of one year. She is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past 18 months she has embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. Find out more at her website or connect on Facebook or Twitter.