Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nov. 14

There are people who worry about National Novel Writing Month. They say they write slow and feel out of the loop. Don't fret! Some of the best writers write slow--Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a good example. The point of nano is not to make everyone write "up-to-speed" but to give you a goal to focus on. To help to remind you that your end goal is to finish a work in progress. The key word being finish. It's difficult with all the information out there on the internet to sort through it and find what works for you-your own process and then stick to it. But that is the only way you can create a career. Without your own process, you're simply imitating others and the work won't shine. So- fear not, oh brave writers, your process however fast or slow will work for you! Happy Saturday.


  1. I always feel a bit left out because I'm too busy writing for a living to join in.

    Don't get me wrong. I love my job, but it would be nice to focus on a story that I really desire to write, merely for the sake of doing it.


  2. Nancy - thanks so much for your wonderful and kind advice on my blog! Your words of wisdom are much appreciated and I'm taking them on board. I've subbed my story to Carina Press. Although I'm not sure that it'll fit their publishing programme, they do seem pretty wide open to any genre and, well, if I don't try, I won't know! Thanks again for your encouragement!

  3. Hi Martin, thanks for stopping by- you do have a lot of work right now. Very exciting. It's great to be a working writer even when it isn't the book of our dreams.

    Hi Ann, I think Carina is a great place for you-(and me.) I've got my fingers and toes crossed for you!! LOVED your other projects as well- keep going, you are living the writer's life! :)