So crazy that it just might work

So crazy that it just might work

I have read this article by Cat Valente, How to Write a Novel in 30 Days, so many times I nearly have it memorized. Good thing, too, because this is what I’m about to try to do.

Do, I mean. What I’m about to do. Small green swampy guy admonishes me in my head.

I have my outline. I have notes galore. I even have some maps. And I have yet another adventure scheduled for early July, and I really want to have this novel written by then. So it’s time to go into Delusional Genius Mode and do it.

This is an absolutely crazy thing to try to do. I’ve done NaNoWriMo many times–in fact, Found Objects was my 2005 NaNovel. But this is different, for the reason that Cat mentions in that article. When I’m doing NaNoWriMo the idea is just to get the words down, no matter how crappy they are. That was a great exercise for a very long time, but it will not serve this time around. This time I have to write something I can believe in. It’s still going to be essentially a first draft, and it will need tons of revision, but it has to a first draft I don’t hate. You can try to talk me out of that, but really, just trust me on this one. I have to bring my A game this time.

The good news is that I think I’m ready to do that. Wish me luck.

7 thoughts on “So crazy that it just might work

  1. Good luck! I know you’ll make it.

    I’m at a point where the stated goal of NaNo doesn’t do it for me anymore, either, so I’ve been using it in different ways. I’ll more than likely do it again this year, too, but I’m not sure in what capacity. And one thing I’ve found is that the quicker I write my first draft, the quicker I get sick of editing it.

  2. You are a genius, Christie. Don’t let you tell yourself otherwise. You don’t have that luxury.

    Also, I think that everything we’ve done that’s worthwhile in our lives are acts of craziness (having kids, falling in love–pure crazy).

    Cheering you on!!!

  3. You have got this one. I hope to manage to wrangle the time to try the same method myself some day soon.

  4. This is the best sort of mad geniusy thing to read about. You can do this. I am cheering you on.

    Then when I see you, we will drink all the champagne.

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