I’m Leela Lou Dahlin and I’m so happy for my turn on our NaNoWriMo event. Two years ago for my NaNo I was doing the challenge with Savvy Authors–an online community for authors–and it was a very successful and fun adventure. I wrote a story about a fireman and his friend who had a plan for her life but every time she turned around it seemed like her best friend was standing in her way. She knew if she didn’t get him and his never-gonna -commit self out of her mind she wasn’t going to get what she wished for. The plan was to work him out of her mind and have a few new tricks up her sleeve, but they both may get more than they bargained for.
I loved this story until about halfway through the month, then I got a case of the what if’s. What if this sucks? What if no one ever reads it? I took all my thoughts and put them on the back burner, stuck with my story and was finished before the month was out. As excited and ready as I was when I finished my story, it still took me a little while to submit it to my editor. The story has been changed around just a touch but for the most part it’s my original story.
Yes…my current release is the story I first completed during my NaNoWriMo a few years ago. When I found out it was going to be out right before November, I knew we’d come full circle.
What I learned from NaNoWriMo is that I could write fast and it would still be good. Better still the story flowed better when I wasn’t agonizing about every word. So get the story out and then edit it. I know…I know this isn’t anything new but it’s very true.
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One person will win a copy of my NaNoWriMo story Rumor Has It–just tell me what’s the best piece of advise you’ve ever received. I’ll pick a winner from the comments at the end of the event November 26. You can also win a $25 ARe gift card from Nice Girls Writing Naughty just by commenting on any of the posts on the event. So come daily and comment…let your voice be heard.
In closing as you pound out word after word be confident that your masterpiece is going to land on a readers virtual bookshelf, stay encouraged and keep writing through November and beyond.