Still trying to figure out how to handle this blog during November, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo.)
As any regular follower must perceive, I am a person of routine inconsistency. That is, I post pretty much every day (that’s the routine part), but the posts are all over the map, in terms of content and quality (there’s the you-know-what).
I’ve stuck to daily postings (despite the stress) because the commitment helps me to bypass some of the negative self-judgment that blocks any writer. (If you publish every day, you can’t worry if your writing is worthwhile. You just do what you can.)
Nanowrimo works on some of the same concepts; once you decide to do it, you simply have to hurry up and do it.
The problem for someone like me (who is lucky enough to also have a paying job!) is that two such driven activities are a bit much to conduct simultaneously.
Here are my choices:
- Let the blog go for a month. (A relief to followers, perhaps.)
- Forget about Nanowrimo this year, as I did last year. (A relief to myself. I really don’t have a clue about what novel I might write.)
- Try to post something pre-written on the blog while doing Nanowrimo on the side.
I have been planning to opt for number 3, posting an old Nanowrimo novel called Nose Dive.
Nose Dive is a teen novel, and yes, a bit embarrassing. I chose the story because it was silly and fun enough that I could write the initial draft quite quickly. However, the same silly/fun factor has made the novel hard to satisfactorily revise.
The question of posting the draft Nose Dive now raises an interesting concern: publicly showing one’s work (even as a blog) turns out to be an amazingly brazen activity.
When one publishes through a publisher there’s a shield of third-party endorsement.
When one self-publishes, or even just shows a piece to a friend, this shield is not available. Given the rapidly-changing-to-avoid-demise-face of publishing, this is less of a source of embarrassment than it used to be.
Even so, a fairly high temperature blush arises simply from the fact that you are putting yourself on the line (even online).
And even though you say that your work is quick, rough, in draft form, there you are–risking criticism, ridicule, and (perhaps, worse) disinterest.
So. (Confession.) My concern is that if I (deep breath) post excerpts of Nose Dive, which is quick, rough, and (still) in draft form, I will feel so immediately regretful that I will have a hard time focusing on a new novel.
And yet, there’s that routine part of me, and that brazen part that has learned repeatedly–nothing ventured, nothing gained, and, more importantly (swallow) nobody’s perfect.
I guess, I’ll see what happens tomorrow (or later tonight.)
Hope you come back to check.