so i love libraries and most of the time they make me feel serene and happy
but once in a while they make me sad, too
because i just keep walking around knowing i will never have time to read as many of the books as i would like to
and then i start thinking about all those authors who had a story to tell and how there are so many i’ve never heard of
and then i wonder what chance i’ll ever have of really getting my stories out into the world
so yeah sometimes libraries make me sad.
If you would be so kind as to reblog this if you feel insecure about your writing skills.
I seriously HATE trying to sum my story up in 50 or 100 words.
Like, if I could tell the story so briefly, I wouldn’t have written the novel in the first place.
Behind every fanfic update, there is a writer being turned into THIS as they await your reactions
Or just any writer awaiting feedback, really….
I'm in awe. Anyone who takes on NaNoWriMo is a legend in my opinion. 50,000 words? I can't even imagine doing that. How are you doing it? How are you so amazing? TELL ME YOUR SeCRETS
Haha, welllllll….technically I haven’t finished yet. I’m just over 48,000. And even when I hit fifty I know i won’t have all the scenes written.
This is the first time I’ve tried NaNo. I just wanted to challenge myself, and I just happened to have a fresh idea I hadn’t started on.
There actually were a couple things I’ve read from other people that helped me get through:
One was a quote I read from John Green at the beginning of the month. It goes something like, “I just give myself permission to suck…I find this hugely liberating.”
That in turn reminded me of the book “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, which is an EXCELLENT book on writing, and one of my favorite things in it is her use of the term “shitty first drafts.”
Both of these reminded me that it doesn’t have to come out perfect right away. I honestly think that was one of the biggest things that kept me going. I know parts of it SUCK. It genuinely is a shitty first draft. But that’s okay. Because once you get it all out, no matter how crappy it is at first, you can go back and make it the story you know it’s supposed to be.
I work with kids, and I’m CONSTANTLY having to tell them that they don’t need to expect themselves to always get it right the first time. They work on a project and they get frustrated because it doesn’t look like mine, or they make a mistake and crumple the whole thing. They give up before they’ve gotten anywhere. We all do this. But I think to really create something, you have to keep going even when you know it’s not as good as it could be. And then later you go back and make it better.
Anyway, that’s what’s been helping me lately. Hope it helps you, too!! :D
YOU CAN DO IT.
“Someone should write a book where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader.”
I LOVE THIS IDEA.
If I wasn’t embroiled in NaNo rn, I would so give this a shot…