I was thinking about how I’m doing my NaNoWriMo novel—how I’m keeping myself motivated, how I’m working through all my word sprints, and how I will actually finish this novel this time. Also, how I’m liking it so far too.
My novel is a bit history, but a lot more romance and what coming to America could mean for dreamers. I’m writing it without much research except what I can pull from random breaks in the word sprints. The main characters are people that I like and the ones who are side characters are just as interesting as the main characters. Are they interesting enough to make it beyond 50,000 words? Well, considering it’s day 11 and I’m am at 18,334 words so far, yeah, I gotta say they are.
A mantra I have to keep telling myself is that what I’m doing is just a first draft. This is just the first go around with this story. This is just the first time I’m meeting these characters and they will evolve throughout the story, and more throughout the editing process.
The problem I have always had is that I am a perfectionist. Everything has to be perfect the first time, every time. That’s not a good way to live life.
So, what I’m attempting with this year’s novel is to just make good art. Not great art, not this time and not yet, but so simply just make something good that can become great. Because being great takes practice and even the greatest writers start their books with a first draft before their story is ready for their readers.
Listening to: Little Ones by Highly Suspect on repeat
Quote of the Day: “I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman, Commencement Speech 2012