NaNoWriMo Day # 12: With NaNoWriMo Comes a Sense of Discipline

I don’t think that there are any writers out there that will disagree that writing anything, whether it is a novel, or a movie or television script, or a play, or even a song, takes an incredible amount of discipline.  You can’t just will the material on the page (if only we could do that—I’d have over a dozen books published already) and then wave a magic wand and make it happen.

You have to actually designate the time and weave writing into everything else in your life.  More importantly, you have to actually follow through.  In the many years that I have done NaNoWriMo there are so many things that this event has taught me about writing, not the least of which is discipline.  Here are a few things that you can take away from the NaNoWriMo event, whether you finish your novel or not (but you will finish).

1)      NaNoWriMo makes you have to focus more on the important aspects of your novel.  You have less time to get caught up in all of the nitpicky things about you novel and just concentrate on the plot and the characters and the setting that will make your readers fall in love with your novel.

2)      NaNoWriMo gives you that deadline that frankly some of us need in order to really sit down and get the task at hand completed.  Some writers just work better with deadlines that they absolutely can’t miss.

3)      NaNoWriMo makes us set a time to write in order to get the work done.  It gives us more of a routine that we can schedule things around so that we come out on the other side of our efforts with a finished product.

4)      NaNoWriMo provides a network of other writers that can understand your goals and aspirations where your writing is concerned because they have the same goals and aspirations.  Writing can be such an isolated career so sometimes it is good to have that group of writers that you can reach out to for critique or advice.

What are some of the things that you take away from the event of NaNoWriMo?

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Too Many Stories to Juggle, Not Enough Discipline To Keep Them All From Falling

It’s starting to happen again.  All of these different ideas and characters are circling around inside my head and trying to tell me all of their stories, ALL at once.  Now I know what many writers may possibly be thinking.  How could this possibly be a problem?  In fact a lot of writers have the opposite problem, no ideas and no characters speaking to them.  

Well the problem that presents itself is that I have yet to finish the novel that I started writing last November for National Novel Writing Month.  I have no idea why I haven’t because it’s not as if I’ve lost interest in telling the stories of those characters.  In fact I am very intrigued to see if the main character in that novel will end up how I once thought she might end up.  It’s not as if she hasn’t been begging me to finish telling her story either, in fact I think she may just have some adjustments that could change a lot of what was going to happen.  

My problem is that I am a serial story hopper.  It’s not that I have never finished a novel.  In fact I am actually a published author (although you wouldn’t know it due to my inability to do a better job at marketing myself—yet another thing I must work on sooner rather than later).  I actually have another novel that is also completed that is currently in the hands of my editor now.  However, if you had any idea of the novels I have already started and stopped because I had another story enter my head and another character that kept shouting at me to tell it, you would probably laugh at my lack of discipline.  

That’s what it is, a lack of discipline to stick with one story from start to finish.  But how do you silence the characters that come to you in the midst of telling another character’s story that has nothing to do with theirs?  I mean you can’t completely ignore the ideas that come because if you lose them you might never get them back again.  On the other hand feeding into the constantly flowing stream of ideas is the reason why I have at least 5 or 6 novels started but left unfinished.  

I read one article that suggested writing down the ideas as they come and then setting them aside to finish the current project.  The problem I have with that idea is that once I get started writing that idea out, then I start sketching the characters, then I start to outline the story and the setting.  Next thing you know I’ve moved completely from one story to the next.  So what am I going to do about it?  

Well it seems that when I knew I was under the pressure of National Novel Writing Month I had no problem sticking to my one story.  So NaNoWriMo is having this thing they call CampNaNoWriMo where they do the same thing they do in November, just in June and August as well.  Since I’ve already missed June’s, I am going to do the one that they have in August.  

Technically you are supposed to start a new novel from scratch but I think that I am going to use the one in August to finish the one I started last November.  Perhaps that will give me some focus and discipline and then I can finally complete this novel before moving on to the next one.  Who knows, I might just finish this one and move on to another one that I already started earlier and finish that one up too.  Discipline is extremely key to a writer’s work because without it you would just be all over the place with more stories going on than any one person can handle.  Kind of like me! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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