Monday, October 18, 2010

I Can't Believe I'm Going to Do This: NaNoWriMo

If not now, when? I am unemployed, and jobs in my field in my neck of the woods are very few and far between. While I haven't harbored notions of being an author since I was in high school, this would be the perfect time to either drive that last nail in the coffin, or actually give it a chance, now that I know the book industry inside and out. I've often said that I have done every job in this business, which certainly isn't true as this is one job I've not done. I even have an idea. And National Novel Writing Month starts in two weeks. Normally timing does not work in my favor, but maybe this time it is. So I am signing up for NaNoWriMo, and we'll see what happens! For those of you who know me in the real world, please don't ask me about it - if I want you to know how it's going I'll tell you. But it might not go well and I'm embarrassed enough to be doing this. No, I'm not embarrassed to be writing - I'm embarrassed because I think there's an excellent chance that if I do write something, it won't be up to my own standards. After all, I was an editor for several years, and a very successful one. And one reason I gave up on writing altogether was that I felt my writing wasn't up to my own standards. I have very high standards with everything in my life, and I am highly critical (as all good editors are), so meeting my own criteria will be difficult. Plus, while it's been a joke the last few years that when people ask if I want to write I say no, because I know how the sausage is made, it's also in fact true. I know all the behind-the-scenes information about publishing, and while it will be very helpful to be along the way, it will also make some things tricky. But what the heck! Nothing ventured, right?


Carol said...

Good luck with the course and I hope you enjoy it!

I have taken the plunge in work situations, a few years ago and reaped the benefits.

I would so love to be able to write, but I know my grammer is just too bad.


Carin Siegfried said...

@DizzyC, bad grammar isn't a reason to not write! That's a reason to have an excellent copyeditor, which every publisher has. If you want to write you should definitely do so. If you worry your grammar would need cleaning up before it even gets to a publisher, there are certainly independent editors you can hire freelance before you submit to agents. The writer's job is to write, not to copyedit.

Amy said...

Hey you! I just signed up for November last night. Let's be awful, together! I use way too many adjectives and take twenty words to say something that can be said in two. Like that. I could have said "I'm wordy". LOL

Sheepishoctopus is my handle there.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Enjoy! I'm a terrible NaNoer, but I'm happy to cheer you on.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Carin! You're an excellent writer, you have an idea (which is key); now all you have to do is stop trying to be your own editor! I'm excited for you.

Lyndsey said...

That's awesome Carin! Good luck with it.