Coming back to a weekly blogging schedule isn’t easy. The idea was to get back into the writing groove as things calmed down after September. Apparently, neither my motivation nor my Muse has checked the calendar….
In reality, I’m still busier than originally planned. But that’s just the nature of life, and I need to adapt. As for my manuscripts, the characters are still in my head, but getting the stories up to par has seemed an unreachable goal. I’ve feared that I’ve reached my potential and it’s not good enough. This feeling has been with me for some time now. Long-term readers may have noticed that I haven’t posted much about writing since earlier in the year. And that lack of progress is a major reason why.
But November is approaching, and with it, NaNoWriMo. I still don’t think I could do NaNo, and last year, I instead made November my own PerNoReMo, or Personal Novel Rebuilding Month. And I’m doing it again this year.
I know which story I’ll work on. My goal, however, isn’t a final word count as NaNo requires. Instead, I want to figure out what the story still needs to “be complete” and then start work on the “missing” areas. A few thousand words or more by the end of November would be great. But getting the bones of the story in order will be a major achievement in itself.
So, in preparation for PerNoReMo, I’ve printed a hard copy of the story. I’m old school, and that’s still the best way for me to review and edit documents. I love Scrivener, but for revision, I prefer paper. I’m reading that copy and making notes with a pen. And that feels right. Come November, I’ll be ready. Okay, if inspiration strikes, I’ll start before then. Seize the day and all that, right? I’m not about to let a rigid schedule stifle my creativity.
There’s still so much on life’s plate. But I can’t let Self-Doubt use that as a convenient excuse to stop writing. These stories are good and deserve to see the light of day.
So with glorious colors and crisp Autumn air around me, I’m coming back to the stories. And certain characters know they’re stepping up to the plate. Game on.
And I hope you’ll join me this weekend as we bring back my Saturday Sit Downs with the amazing Jennifer M Eaton and talk about her new novel, FIRE IN THE WOODS.