Nano 2013, Here We Go!

Nano 2013, Here We Go!

Somehow, I am actually up to date on my wordcount. Today’s suggested goal is 13,333, and I am up to 12,650, which means by the end of the day, I will be right. Now, as for how the heck I am managing this, I have no freaking clue. I’m just showing up at the page, and things are happening. It got me thinking, the things that are happening.

And what have I learned so far, kids and criminals?

  1. Not all the stuff I write is keepable. That’s okay.
    What I find I’m doing is sort of mapping out these new scenes by stumbling through them, and in the process, new ideas form. I don’t edit during Nano; that would completely defeat the point. However, sometimes I do write scenes over again from a different angle. It’s all new words.  It isn’t cheating. But sometimes, those scene re-writes turn out far better than they would have if I hadn’t been willing to write the scene badly in the first place.
  2. Did I mention I write badly? Pretty sure I did.
    Give yourself permission to write badly. It’s okay to write badly. That isn’t the stuff you will be judged on – but it IS stuff you get to grow from, which makes you a better writer.Oh, hey, Maureen Johnson said it better: DARE TO SUCK. (note: this TOTALLY AWESOME GO-WATCH-IT-NOW YouTube video isn’t willing to load sometimes, so here’s the link just in case.)
  3. Just keep writing.
    Believe me, I know how difficult it is. I am going through a tremendously difficult bout of asthma, my computer died (I’m currently borrowing my husband’s), and I am juggling homework from an intense eight-week class at the same time. It’s possible. It doesn’t mean I’ll shine every single moment, but I will get through – and because I’m willing to write badly, I will also succeed at Nanowrimo.


Thank you, Nora Roberts. That is some fabulous wisdom right there.

I must return to writing. I leave you with a Leopard Gecko asking for a kiss.

(From this adorable video. Do I see some inspiration for How To Train Your Dragon from Dreamworks? I think I do!)


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.