…about word count.

When I participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge last November, the important thing was word count. Don’t worry about the plot, the characters, the advice went, as long as the word count is advancing properly.

As a matter of fact, the originator of NaNo has published a book, “No Plot No Problem.” In it, he stresses the importance of just writing. Get that word count moving up. And up. And up.

And he’s right, I think. As long as you have words down on paper (or on screen, as the case may be), you have something to work with, something to edit, to knead, to work into shape, into a story.

So, in spite of all the roadblocks I’m encountering in my drive to increase my word count in this personal “MayNo” I’ve undertaken, I continue to slog along. I suppose I’m hoping that I’ll soon have a burst of energy that will occur simultaneously with a reduction of demands on my time, and that I’ll get my word count moving in the right direction.

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…about writing prompts.

They look innocuous. They can seem somewhat flaky when taken at face value.

But they can be powerful.

I’m speaking of writing prompts, of course, those little spurs to creativity, those little words which get your story-ball rolling.

I’ve been so involved over the last few months in editing, rewriting and rewriting, in putting together pitches, in crafting what I hoped would be knockout query letters and synopses, that I’d forgotten what my primary desire and mission is: to write fiction.

So, I started last night, with the help of a couple of writing prompts, to loosen up those rusty writing muscles, to warm them up, to flex them and strengthen them in preparation for my personal NaNo in May. And while the results are not perfect, I’ve made a respectable start with my first two pieces.

It’s time to drag out the old thesaurus, make a pot of coffee and put on the earphones.

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