Saturday, May 08, 2010

Feeling The Fear

"You realize you just paid good money to write 2500 words a week for the next 12 weeks?"
Well, when you put it like that it does sound a tad insane, doesn't it?

This week I signed up for a writing course to help me get my NaNoWriMo novel from first draft to something closer to being publishable. If I finish the course it will be the first writing course I have ever finished. I am hoping that having 50K words already on paper will help. So far I have procrastinated writing the first assignment which is 700 words. I have until Sunday at midnight.

I still love the main character, still love the story, especially love a character that appeared out of nowhere. I don't even know why I am writing this post other than to say that I am scared of failing. And I need to say that out loud somewhere. Fear of failing hasn't stopped me from doing a whole lot of things in my life and it won't stop me this time, either. My sister laminated and sent me this cartoon 3 years ago and it sits just below my computer monitor where I can see it all the time.


All this to say if I am scarce around here over the next twelve weeks it's because I'm pounding out a different story on the keyboard than the one you normally read here.

10 comments:

lucy said...

bravo, hope!! happy writing!!!

Owen said...

May you reach this goal that you've had for so long. May the Muse be with you.

Heidi Renee said...

YOU CAN DO IT!!! So excited for you!

Pru said...

Go Mom! You can do it. I know the call of procrastination is sweet, but we can fight it together - I'll finish up my second draft in time to get a copy printed.

Love you!

Kathy M. said...

Good luck with the novel. Love the comic strip. A friend gave me one years ago--possibly the same strip. One character says to the other: "You're staring out the window again. a writer should be pounding the keyboard." The other character answers: "Wrong. Typists pound keyboards... Writers stare out windows."

Black Pete said...

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aka the Mom said...

You will finish it, and it will be amazing, and I will buy a copy.

the end

chitowngreg said...

Good luck with the course!

Beth said...

You go, girl. Honor the gift. So happy for your forward progress! And I will be FIRST in line to buy that book!

Mary LA said...

Good for you Hope! And good luck!