It Can’t Be Done Without Glitter

Writing a book is a real bitch. Unless you’re really good at it, then I guess you might argue with me. Oh, and unless you’re JK Rowling and it doesn’t matter what weird crap you stick between two book covers, people are gonna buy a million copies before the thing even hits the shelves. I guess writing a book would be a lot of fun in those cases.

But I am neither JK Rowling nor am I good at it. Writing a book for me is like taking a cross-country car trip with eight toddlers and no DVD player or Vicodin. It’s tedious, it’s loud, it’s sweaty, and there’s usually a lot of crying.

But since November is just days away, I’m gearing up and steeling myself for NaNoWriMo, or as my husband calls it, “That thing again where you quit cooking?” I’m training like I’m running the Badwater, practicing setting aside time for writing, organizing my thoughts on paper this time (instead of on graham crackers like I did last year…the plant to eat the graham crackers every time I completed a notecracker as a form of motivation didn’t turn out too well because I got hungry and ate all my notes by Day Two), even naming and getting to know my characters. I’m so psyched!

Of course, one of my NaNo traditions is the giant plot poster. It has all kinds of helpful information and charts and graphs and government secrets, but the best part is it’s covered in glitter. I never allow glitter in my house because it’s evil, but once a year the kids get to break out the glue and take my notes into the yard where they sprinkle away like it’s actual magic fairy dust. They like it because they never get to use glitter, and I like it because it gives me something to look at and remember them by when I’m ignoring my entire family for the month.

Happy writing!

9 responses

  1. Richard Wiseman | Reply

    I just write stuff using a word processor and I write an outline plan of the whole novel as a sort of guide, which gets adjusted as it progresses, that’s my technique; but yeah it’s hard work and the trick is to stop the avoiding tactics and sit down and just get on with it. I feel great when I’m writing and crap when I’m not and don’t understand why I don’t do more, but … it’s a love hate thing really… a bad habit that’s too much fun… it’s the only thing that switches off my chattering mind, well one of two; ‘nough said.

    1. I have always been an excellent procrastinator, though! It’s my gift.

  2. I enjoy writing. It’s the revising and editing that’s the bitch. I’ve never done NaNo and somehow I doubt that will change – to start with, 50,000 words would be less than half a book in my genre! And I can write (write, not edit – editing then takes years ha ha) a 100,000 word book in 3 months, so why put myself through the franctic pain of NaNo to shave maybe two weeks off? Also, I can admit I am far too organised and anal – I have to spend some time plotting and planning before I start writing. I have a new book I’m about to start work on, and coincidentally I will probably start in November, but that’s pure coincidence. Honest.

    That thing where you quit cooking? We need to have words, Lorca! My husband could never say that to me, because it presupposes that I had actually ever STARTED cooking LOL

    1. NaNo for me is ALL ABOUT THE TSHIRT. I’m a sucker for an awesome “I’m Better Than You Because I Wrote A Book” T-shirt. Not that the shirts actually say that, but it’s implied.

  3. I’m too busy writing to get involved in NaNo Write. I seriously do not have the time. I think if you use Nano as a tool to get you writing – well, nothing wrong with that, your husband’s comment aside. What did he say? The No-No Cook Month?

  4. You’ll do great… again! :)

    1. Thanks! I dunno, last year’s NaNo novel had a REALLY high body count. I’m only planning on two deaths this year…but you never know!

  5. Hahahahaha. “That thing again where you quit cooking.” I almost snorted my Cheerios, Lorca.

    1. I know you. You don’t do anything halfway. You TOTALLY snorted your Cheerios. :)

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