I’ve been writing something for NaNoWriMo.Although I’ve been plotting and doing background work on character motivations for a while, I started actually writing quite late. It was the 4th (Sunday) when I started, and I feel like I’m picking up a little speed in my overall daily word count.
I do get bizarrely self-conscious in my writing, and, though it’s a cliche, it makes next to no sense. It’s something I enjoy, messing around in created worlds with created characters is probably my equivalent of gaming. (I’m atrociously bad at games like Skyrim and the like – in two different games in the past few months, when attacked, I’ve accidentally managed to switch camera angles when trying to hit back. It’s not a very effective fighting method.)
The format won’t end in a 50k novel at the end of the month; more a series of short stories based on an existing fictional world. (Classic Simpsons did it with movies, West Side Story is based on Romeo & Juliet, so I will accept no criticism of my plagiarism.)
I think I’m writing about 1,000 words a day now (albeit not all of them originally mine), and with a bit more focus, sitting down to speed write for half an hour or an hour, I’m sure I can up this.
But the little bit of nagging remains – that what I’m doing is daft, a waste of time. But I’ve already written one scene – entirely my own – that I think is pretty cool, and I’ve got a couple more that I’m excited to get to.
Writing is fun. That’s pretty much the most important thing to remember.
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Yup, it’s quite weird how self-conscious you can get about this sort of thing.
Every so often you’ll sit back and ask yourself “is this a load of rubbish…?”
It’s crazy really, especially how much that mentality stops me from going any further.
Suppose it’s to do with putting down parts of your personality, parts of your beliefs about the world, or even just what you consider cool, down on paper for others to see and disapprove of.
Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but
after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m
not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say excellent
I’ve had one or two legitimate comments dragged into the spam folder recently, but there doesn’t seem to be anything in there. Computers can be strange sometimes…
Thanks for the compliment!