I’m in too deep to quit now.
I found out from my friend Stacy’s blog that only 10% of Wrimos finish.
What kind of crazy statistic is that? I thought a lot more finished. I feel like I’m a novice writer, writing my first novel, but I’ve set up this routine, see.
I get up in the morning and while I’m sipping my green tea, I start to write. The idea is that even before I know what I’m thinking I’m thinking (yeah…I said that right), I’m typing everything that my subconscious has worked on for me since the day before.
I found that bit of advice in a writer’s book I picked up at a thrift shop right before NaNoWriMo started. It’s called, Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. The dang thing was published in 1934. Can you believe that? Of course I have a re-printed edition, but her words are still relevant to any writer.
I haven’t read the whole book, but there’s a chapter I found called “Harnessing the Unconscious.” I found it flipping through one morning while I was reading…in the bathroom. Haha.
In any case, she starts out the chapter with these words:
To begin with, you must teach the unconscious to flow into the channel of writing.
This piqued my interest because in order to do this much writing in one month, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to just fabricate all these words just because. I knew I needed a routine. I work optimally with a routine.
She goes on to say, two pages later that
the best way to do this is to rise [a full hour] earlier than you customarily rise. Just as soon as you can – and without talking, without reading the morning paper, without picking up the book you laid aside the night before – begin to write.
I took that to heart. I get up, write and spurt out the words hanging, dripping from my mind as I let them build up from the day before.
I actually quite like that habit, but after NaNo is over, I think I’ll go back to writing closer to 1,500 words a day – instead of 2,000 – 2,500 – as I mentioned yesterday.
In any case, I’m thrilled and awed that I’ve gotten this far. I had no idea that so few people actually made it. I had no idea that I would make it this far.