Finish your novel, because you learn more that way than any other.
Many people start writing a book, but never finish. Be counted among those who finish it. James Scott Bell said, “it might stink.” I’m here to tell you, it will stink, especially if you are just starting out. But that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? We don’t know all the rules yet, we just sit down and write whatever we want. Then later we find out we’ll have to cut it up into bits, burn it and rewrite the entire thing. But it will be worth it! Just do it. Finish the book. I did. And it sucked. But I learned so much from the experience.
That is why I love NaNoWriMo. It provides us the opportunity, the outside motivation and inside support from our fellow crazy writers attempting to write a novel from beginning to the end in a month. It might be crap, it will stink, but we learn so much from the process. It’s like a 50,000 word outline, the roughest of rough drafts, but where we will be able to see whether the plot works or if the character’s jive. And maybe, we just might find a gem in the rough. Speaking of NaNo, Camp NaNoWriMo started June 1st and I’m a day behind. Hopefully, I’ll be able to rectify that later today.
This post marks the last of the Reconnaissance section. “Because what happens in your head affects everything else.” If you are just now joining us and are interested in previous posts, you can access the archives under: Yo Ho A Writer’s Life For Me.
The next section is called Tactics. Where we will discuss craft and techniques to take our story to the next level. Looking forward to discussing it with y’all.
So what say you? Have you finished your book? Or are you contemplating starting one? If you’ve read the Art of War for Writers or have followed the discussion, what was your take away? Has it challenged you or encouraged you?