Back again for the second installment of my reprise of the 2009 NaNo Pitfall posts. So, without further ado...
NaNo Pitfall #2 or... OMG, this sucks!
So, other than the last couple days, I've been writing my little fingers into fat sausages. I got past the first pitfall (or as someone else put it on another blog - the cardinal rule of NaNo) - don't go back and read what you've written - by slogging through. The problem with slogging through is you may find yourself in the second NaNo pitfall...
OMG, this sucks!
As you write, you may find yourself thinking that the scenes you're
slapping down are probably the worst pieces of dreck you've ever seen.
"It was a dark and stormy night..." looks like Pulitzer material by
comparison. And you know no one is ever going to want to read such
Okay, here's the thing. Most likely you're right. It sucks, it's dreck, and no one is going to want to read it.
Now, before you get out the matches and bonfire your manuscript, I want
you to understand something important. What you're writing now is a FIRST DRAFT.
I'm willing to bet that most first drafts - even by the bestselling
authors - are crap they wouldn't want anyone to read. As awful as those
first drafts might be, though, those authors kept writing them because
they all knew another important fact:
You can't fix what isn't written.
So, no matter how horrible it may feel to you right now, you keep
writing. Hell, several chapters back, I wrote a scene I knew was
awful. Here's the thing about writing awful scenes, though: During
editing, it'll either be cut or will end up as a completely different
animal by the time I'm ready to query. I needed the crap scene to get
to the next scene, so I wrote it and I refuse to apologize for it. Even
I wrote it. I can fix it later.
While you're writing, don't worry so much about how every word will
sound. Don't pick at yourself for writing crap. Even if you're not
doing NaNo, but you're having a tough time finishing a manuscript, just
write and worry about fixing the problems later.
Now it's your turn. Ever hit this pitfall? Did you get past it or
trash your manuscript? If you got past it, let us know how in the
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