“You want Mommy to be less nuts, not more nuts.”
Yes, I uttered these words to my children today. We were back-to-school shopping and, well, they were driving me nuts. And I told them so. And they got worse.
Actually, being a little nuts is a good thing in a writer. Being a lot nuts can be a good thing too, as long as you don’t take it to the lengths that Virginia Woolf did. Scary.
I’ve decided I’m more than a little nuts. To prove it, I’m going to do 3DayNovel.com . (Yes, I said DO, not TRY) Like NaNoWriMo challenges writers to complete a 50,000 + word novel in just a month, 3DayNovel challenges writers to complete a novel of undetermined length in just 3 days.
OK, this sounds impossible. But I know that when I get going, I mean really going, I can turn out a lot of words, and in some ways it’s much better than my hard-thought-out WIP. Freeing the writer is a lot like freeing the painter… yes, you have to know some basic stuff about getting one medium to stick to another, but if you slow down to the point of ultimate control, your creativity is lost.
Let go. Do it. Yes, you might churn out crap. Then again, you might churn out a masterpiece.
I’m OK with my ROW80 goals at the moment. I’m not keeping careful track, and I’m not planning to claim I won, but if I actually succeed in churning out close to fifty thousand words over labor day weekend, that might just count as a win in itself.
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