Saw it again last night. Had a crazy idea that maybe I could record the audio, because there were some good lines in there that aren’t in the original, at least I don’t remember them in there – the bit about small acts being what holds back the darkness, for an example – but in the end I decided not to do that. After all, it’s just not cricket.
Ahead or behind, this is your last day to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo. So, two last pieces of advice.
#1. Don’t submit this first draft anyplace. Seriously, ANY PLACE. Take some time, then re-write the heck out of it, polish it as much as you know how… THEN submit it. Seriously. That’s what I’m going to do.
Day 26. You should be 43,342 words in to your new book. But if you’re not, do not despair. I’ve been reading my brand new copy of “Michael Moorcock: Death is No Obstacle” – a series of interviews between him and Colin Greenland (seriously, I am SO STOKED to have this you have no idea).
Anyway, in chapter one, Moorcock says that back in the day, he would write about 15,000 words in a day. So… yeah. He would pop one of these things out in a week or less. Had the thing down to a science – a science to which he added plentiful art. But that’s Moorcock.
40,008 words by the end of today. The last 20%. Here’s where things turn and you start towards the thrilling conclusion. Here’s where Goldfinger assaults Fort Knox. Here’s where the crew of Serenity decide to broadcast the signal. This is it.
Thrilling conclusion time. And you have 10,000 words to pull it off.
Good luck! And Go WRITE!
Figuring out why you are writing this book can be an important motivational tactic. What is it you’re trying to say? What is the impact you want to have on the world through this book? Take some time today and free-write that out.
And then, when you’re down, low, not feeling motivation, you take that paper out and remind yourself what it is that you’re trying to accomplish.
Go do good work.
You may be at a dangerous place at this point. A place of doubt and frustration. This is a dangerous time for you. A time when you may be tempted… by the dark side.
That is, you may be tempted to stop. Don’t do that.
Take some time and decide (because You Are The Writer, and You Are In Charge Of This Book!) what the coolest, most interesting thing that could happen in the next 5-6k words might be. Make a list. Ten things.