I’m behind on my NaNo Novel. Very behind. So behind that I’m fairly certain my NaNo buddies (all 16 of them) are judging me severely. But it’s not my fault. It’s the novel’s fault.
There is only one simple reason I am ever able to finish a first draft – regardless of how long it takes me. That reason can be summed up as The Lie of the First Draft*.
The Lie tells me my writing is so amazing that after this first draft is done all I will have to fix about it is the occasional spelling error.
It’s The Lie that tells me my first draft isn’t a giant pile of crap that will mostly all be thrown out during revisions.
But it’s this lie that keeps me going.
And my NaNo Novel refuses to lie to me. It won’t even humor me. I am brutally aware of the awkwardness of the plotting, the lame dialogue, and the sketchy setting descriptions.
So now it’s time to lie to myself. You can finish this novel. 25,000 words in three days? Piece of cake. You. So. Have. This.
This lie may be just as ‘true’ as The Lie of the First Draft, but I’m hoping it will have the same effect.
What keeps you guys writing (other than the voices in your head)? ;)
What keeps you from editing your first draft instead of just finishing it?
And are you achieving NaNo success this year?
*I don’t know where I first heard this term (I certainly didn’t make it up).