Permission to vomit, sir! November 3, 2016 – Posted in: Procrastination Monster, Uncategorized
One thing I’ve noticed that seems true for myself as well as others first starting a new book is it’s incredibly hard to beat down the procrastination monster when he rears his ugly head. And does he ever get hungry during NaNoWriMo–most likely because he knows he can feast upon untold number of partial texts that have spoiled if they aren’t finished in the 30 days allotted.
But there’s a secret defeating that little devil, and I’ll even tell you what it is by following these three simple steps. Click here for details!
So I’m not that cruel to send readers to click bait hell and wade through countless ad-ridden pages. But I will tell you the secret, and it’s simply this: vomit on your page. After all, who wants to eat a meal that’s covered in that stuff? (Baby birds and canines not included.)
If you’ve been writing any length of time, you’ve heard the advice time and again, and but it still holds true. If you’re stuck on a scene, or can’t even start, vomit something, anything, on the page and just let it flow. It might stick. It might not. But here’s another gem: what you write right now is going to be far, far from perfect: Even after you revise, and revise, and revise, and revise, and finally get to that coveted “First Draft” (and don’t be one of the ones that thinks a first draft is then very first time you reach “End”), what’s on page is still going to be bad. That’s not to say you are bad as a writer, but regarding every writer I personally know (and many I don’t), there’s a direct correlation between how good they are and how much work they admit the first draft needs.
But you don’t get to that first draft, you don’t get to the finish line of NaNoWriMo, without a lot of word vomit.
So go ahead, give yourself permission to upchuck a plot with holes the size of an oil barge, characters that are flatter than the readout of a EKG hooked to a fossil, and laugh at the procrastination monster when he starves to death.