I have been participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Meeting my word count has not been too bad, as I have been turning off my internal editor. The problem is I have already spotted sections that are not very smooth. Mix in other sections I spot which need to be fleshed out. The largest problem is I am close to forty thousand words and now I am sure I need to add a second POV.
Have I stopped or gone back to start over? No, I am pushing on ahead and making notes of changes I think it needs. For instance the second POV, I am going to have to figure out how to interleave them and then add that part.
I have often heard, we are our own worst critics. While I now recognize the fact, I think my current story is a long shot. After an edit pass or two, I will likely make it available for feedback.
I have seen a number of people that have been talked out of writing by teachers, significant others, parents, or friends.
I hope never to talk someone out of writing. If you have any desire to write, write. I am not saying it is going to be easy. You will find your inner critic is going to tell you your writing has problems or doesn’t match up. Forget that. To be a proficient writer takes practice.
Don’t let someone else’s opinion of your writing scare you off. If your grammar needs work, work on it. Your prose falls limp? It will develop with practice and reading.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. As long as you keep writing you are a writer. You get better only with practice.
If you hit a block write through it. If that doesn’t work trying rewinding the story and branch off in a new direction. If that doesn’t work, might want to take a nap. Whatever you do, don’t give up keep writing.
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