NaNoWriMo was last month and as always I did not participate – mostly because I forgot it was happening (oops). I know I’m so out of the loop considering there were a lot of posts about it and everyone’s progress. Well, maybe I’ll catch it next year.
From my catch up reading of other bloggers about NaNoWriMo, the consensus is that we should be doing this everyday, every month for as long as we want to be writing. I agree with this sentiment wholeheartedly as I immerse myself in my everyday life saying that I’ll write later. I know it’s such a bad habit. The most writing I do anymore is actually for this blog and not on my fictional pieces. I still write though, which is a good sign. I just need to prioritize things a bit more so I give myself the time to work on my fiction.
That being said, if I ever want to get published or to win some awards (a big wish for me) then I need to work on those fictional pieces. I have to be brave enough to face many more rejections in order to get that one acceptance. I need to continually work at it – writing, editing and submitting.
And it can be really hard to do that.
I get it. It’s scary to take your brain child and let other people rip it to shreds or praise it’s brilliance. This is just something that we all have to go through. I know I personally had issues reading other people’s work and then comparing it to my own work and then having those same people rip mine to shreds. However, I got more comfortable with the feedback and I let more people read what I was writing. The wonderful thing with that? I became a better writer and people really liked what I was writing.
So, what does that have to do with being a writer?
It means that, like with everything you do, you should dedicate 100% or more to what you really want to do with your life. The same thing goes for writing. You give it your all and you carve out time to make sure you write something – everyday. You polish those finished pieces and you send them out.
So, for the writing posts this month I want to talk about editing and publishing in a more general sense and then we’ll get into the essentials in the new year.
I just want to leave this post by saying that your dreams can and will come true if you’re willing to go above and beyond to make sure they happen. It won’t be easy – everything worthwhile takes time and perseverance. Honestly, one of my literary heroes is J.K. Rowling for she went through so many rejections before she had that one person with the insight to see the amazing Harry Potter world for what it was – literary magic that will keep the world entertained for generations.
If J.K. Rowling can do it, then so can we.
Until next week!