While I was on vacation last month, I decided that I have far too many writing projects in my head and that’s the reason I can’t focus on any particular one. I’m neglecting my blog, I’m still on hold with my agent and therefore can’t work on editing my first novel and the characters in the second novel just don’t interest me enough to pay them any attention. That doesn’t even count the screenplay I want to write or the articles I’ve mapped out in my head that I want to try to sell to magazines that accept submissions.
The worst part is I’ve got this story in my head that I really don’t want to write, but I can’t quite let it go. It’s commercial drivel and has no redeeming literary value whatsoever, but I like the characters and keep seeing scenes and hearing dialogue in my head that I really should get down on paper.
By the way, the difference between a writer and a schizophrenic? Pretty minimal.
While talking to my friend in Nantucket, she said something to the effect of, “It sounds like this story is just a big pile of hair in the drain and until you get it out, you won’t be able to get anything else through the pipes.”
Wow. Nice visual, huh?
So, in order to start focusing on my writing I’ve decided to start yet another writing project and get this stupid story written and out of my pipes… I mean… out of my head. To make sure I focus, though, I’m going to give myself exactly thirty days in which to do it which brings me to the big announcement that I am participating in National Novel Writing Month. I have a shiny new icon and everything…
The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That means about 1667 words per day and today I wrote 1739.
I’ll let you know how it goes!