I haven’t actually finished NaNoWriMo yet this year. I’ve got about 2000 words left to write. And the book – sigh – the book is a galloping mess. Honestly, I seem to have spent almost all of the 50,000 words introducing character and setting and have completely forgotten the plot. But… I’m so glad I did it (and even more glad it’s over).
“… you better do it now because you know how to write, and you have fingers, and you have this one life, and during this one life, you should put your words down, and make your voice heard, and then let others hear your voice. And the only way any of that’s going to happen is if you actually do it. People can’t read the thoughts in your head. They can only read the thoughts you put down, carefully and with great love, on the page. So you have to do it, goddamnit. You have to do it, and you can step back and be happy. You can step back and relax. You can step back and feel something like pride.”
Don’t you love that? I’d like it painted on my office wall.