It is the fourth day of November and I have written absolutely nothing for the National Novel Writing Month contest. It could be partially because I am not sure what I want to write. It could also be partially because I have a friend who regularly mocks those that attempt to participate, though not personally and just as a group — because so much is written for NaNoWriMo that is just bad.
Guess what? The real reason that I haven’t written a word for it (and the reason that I have been so lousy about writing regularly here) is this – I haven’t taken the time to start. Every day is an opportunity to start writing the Nanowrimo novel (novella really) and every day that I choose to prioritize everything else over it is a squandered day.
October was for me by far the worst month of writing for this blog. Only one article written? Is that a joke? No! I chose to make other things a priority daily.
The key is to just start! In the second month of the Insanity Max 30 workout series, trainer Shaun T regularly says during the workouts that just showing up and pressing play is the important thing. At one point he says that even if you push play and do a sit up, at least you started!
Just start! Make a plot first. Make an outline. Since you’ve made it this far let me tell you what I have in mind. It will be a fantasy story (think: swords and sorcery, quaint villages, never ending quests to save a princess…) about a quaint village where the village nut / prophet starts going on about how destruction will fall on them and how there is nothing they can do. Is he a nutter or can he actually see the future?
Just start. Writing a short story is better than watching more reality television, anyhow — even if it ends up needing a few dozen revisions!