Just write, stop thinking about it. What will come will be your novel, and I am certain it will be great whatever way it goes.
(She also mentions her recent post about writing from intuition, which is excellent, and you should check it out here.)
Jennifer’s advice is so true, and so very helpful. I shouldn’t lock myself into must-write-this mode – I should listen to the story, listen to the characters, and not just force them to squeeze into my little idea box I’ve molded for them. Though it’s looking like my story is headed toward the direction I initially planned, the shape of its characters and story details are coming together in a totally unexpected way. I didn’t expect to like these characters so much, honestly.
On a different-yet-related note, my NaNo friends are kicking butt and taking names. They’re rocking so hard on this challenge it makes me feel inspired to do so much more than I already have. I’ve met the Day 1 and Day 2 minimum word counts, and I’ve got a few hundred more to go before I meet Day 3’s expectation. Though I’m blowing my personal levels of recent productivity out of the water, I’m so inspired to keep going because of all the committed people around me. Shout-outs to my NaNo buddies: J.C. Hart (6,262), Melissa (4,614), Joy of Dawn (3,230), Katherine (5,052), Brigid (6,842), and Nicole (6,444)!
Well, the day is hardly over – it’s only 11 AM here – but today is looking to be another busy one, even without the writing. I’ve got cleaning, cooking, and shopping to do, since we’re having friends over for dinner – we’re hanging out for the series premier of V, a new show starring Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell. I should probably get to the gym, too, if I want to keep fitting into all the cute skirts I bought last week.
Thanks for being iron to me, you guys. I’m sharper because of all of you.
NaNoMeter: 4,457 down | 45,543 to go