I attended a wonderful writing workshop this weekend by Michael Garrett. It wasn’t about how to write a book but how to get a book published and how to create a novel that publishers would want. This was such an eye-opening workshop. Mr. Garrett had such wonderful advice for the group. During the first part of the workshop I was getting so motivated and couldn’t wait to get home to work on my NANOWRIMO story but by the end of the workshop I had come to a shocking conclusion…I should not participate in NANOWRIMO. Instead of writing for hours and hours on a story that is thrown together I should utilize that time reading books in a specific genre (the genre I want to write in) and researching those books. I should be using that time to outline and make character profiles so when I do sit down to write the story I am not spinning my wheels trying to figure out what my character will do next.
So, unfortunately, I say good-bye to my NANOWRIMO ambitions but say hello to a renewed enthusiasm to write and be published (and to plan on making this a long-term career).