Oh yes, this is the year I finally do it. I not only have the background I need but some really good, monster-appeasing reasons to do this thing. National Novel Writing Month is about to be crossed off the life list!
If writing were a religious endeavor, I would say I have found my Church. While I have always considered myself a natural writer, I never had any formal training in it beyond what they teach you in school. I certainly had no idea how to go about writing a book except taking the seed of an idea and a blank document and just hammering it out.
Then I found Larry Brooks at Storyfix.com. I learned that there is a tried and true process for getting it out of one’s head and onto the page. There is a structure upon which to base the story. There are techniques for fleshing out all of the elements of a story (The Six Core Competencies of Storytelling). I have been gobbling up every word and am quickly becoming an evangelist. Well, maybe not quite an evangelist. I do believe that people vary and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to anything, so I would never be pushy about it.
This, however, fits me. It appeals to both sides of my brain; I get to organize and plan on the one hand and let my imagination run free on the other. I have also discovered software for that makes using my newfound techniques easy: Storyist. While I am just beginning to learn the ins and outs of it, thankfully I have some clients who have volunteered to be guinea pigs (would you like to join them? Get in touch to see how you can receive the LMWS treatment at a ridiculously low rate).
The Monsters and Their Appeasement
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I would assume most of us can relate to hearing some internal dialogue along the lines of:
- “Are you crazy?! What makes you think you can pull off something like this?”
- “You don’t have enough experience!”
- “There isn’t enough time!”
- “All time and energy needs to be focused on making money, not on fulfilling childhood dreams!”
I call them monsters, and I have effectively silenced their well-meaning but hazardous tirade. LMWS is entering a new phase of being. Offerings are going to change. The mission is evolving. Writing and self-publishing a book has become research for this change. I tell the monsters:
- “I may be crazy, but that’s exactly why I can pull this off.”
- “The only way to get experience is to do it.”
- “I am creating the time for this because it is important.”
- “I am doing this for my business. I can help my clients by doing it myself first. The result doesn’t even have to be good because it’s about the process.”
And So the Journey Begins
I am raring to get going on the planning of my story. If only I had a story in mind! I can’t begin to accomplish the goal of completing all prep work before November if I don’t have a concept to build on. I know I can’t force it, that I can only create room for inspiration to strike. I do that by practicing Shiva Nata, meditating, moving and daydreaming. Maybe my muse will see this post and decide to make an appearance.
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Please leave a comment about any of the ideas I’ve presented here (writing techniques, monsters, elusive muses) and be sure to let me know if you’re thinking about/planning to do NaNoWriMo this year!