Even though I have said I am not doing NaNoWriMo this year, I have joined it anyway for the community spirit; I have joined the UK, Leicester region there, let me know if you are in that region and maybe we can say hi to each other?
My personal goal is to finish six novels by 1st November 2022 to be sent for the first time ever to a literary agent – this is a goal and it may very well be unrealistic, but I am hoping it can be achieved! The writing of six books is very realistic for me, because I tend to always be in writing mode anyway – the writing I have shared with my blog, or at least my word counts are not accurate according to Paul, who realised that I have not been sharing my handwritten notes in those word counts and I write more by hand than by computer!
What I meant about being unrealistic was my idea that an agent would take on all six projects in such short notice!
I understand no literary agent will take six books at once, I am not dense, they will be sent with reasonable gaps between each book!
I am a perfectionist and my own worst enemy regarding my writing – I was often told by tutors in my past that I overwork things and rewrite when it is not necessary, this is something I have never really learned to stop doing!
I do have OCD in many things in my life; this is another difficulty I am trying to overcome. The OCD with my novel writing has got a lot worse since seven years ago it was suggested to me that I need to redraft some work, a notion that was alien to me at the time and now I redraft each novel at least three times a year and when you think I have over ten near complete works, this is nightmarish to some people – who may even find what I say unbelievable!
Paul has told me this is why it is important to send my work out there, so people know just how manically I do write and how it is part of the fibre of who I am! I am never not thinking about writing, I am constantly in creative mode!
My brain cannot switch off from work of any creative type!
When I am not writing, I am thinking about writing.
When I am not doing that I am drawing pictures or painting or planning art projects; then when I am not doing any of those things I am crocheting or knitting! My mind is constantly creating something – it is not work for me, I don’t regard this as work and Paul finds that irritating, because to me, this is a lifestyle! I can’t feel pressured doing any of this, because it is a lifestyle for me! What I do feel pressured about is other people’s expectations of me when they know that I am working on something!
I don’t fear the blank page because of lack of ideas; I fear the blank page because my brain will fill it up with unplanned stuff before I can write down what I wanted to in the first place!
I don’t struggle with ideas for new projects, I am drowning in them!
So with that said, I am now going to get back to my novel which is a steampunk adventure with an adult female main character – a novel of which has caused me to only have fourteen hours sleep in four days!