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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Desperate Times And All That

Okay Rita Bay, I pick up your thrown gauntlet and accept the NaNoWriMo 2014 Challenge. I've signed up and will write my book. I also write YA and MG (young adult and middle grade) and have two MG books in mind so I'm going to choose one and get that dreaded first draft written.

Why dreaded you may very well ask. Ah, well, trusty reader, to me at least the first draft is dreaded because every word fights me. Revision I like, editing gets tedious, but it's okay. No the part of writing I hate beyond all measure is the beginning when I sit in my chair and stare at the blank screen, each minute sending me deeper and deeper into a pit of despair along with the very real fear of never writing anything worth reading, a writer's worst nightmare, or at least mine along with showing up to a presentation naked, the very thought of which makes me want to curl into the fetal position, taking all my fat with me. Anyway, back to the rough draft.
First I feel like this:

And then after getting a few pages done, my emotion switches to this:

So, in an attempt to get a first draft written in a month,
I've decided to do the challenge because
what I really need to get that first draft written is this:

My next TWV post is on November 4 (Election Day for all of us in the US - be sure to vote) and no doubt I'll be full of good will and joy. It's the middle that's the rough part, so be thankful you'll be spared my angst and ire, which would surely be the theme of my post if it were later in the month. For other writers out there, I'd love to list you as one of my writing buddies, so send my a line via this post or one of my websites listed at the bottom.

My first YA novel, The End Of Normal (by S C Arscott) is at last out (as of yesterday) and available from any online book seller. It's only $3.98, so give it try. Check it out here.

A funny thing happened on my way to write the above column.The only image I could find for the 2014 NaNoWriMo 2014 is of a calendar with this emblazoned along the side: 50,000 words, 30 Days, You Can F*****g Do This. Now first off, I must be clear that this is not connected in any way to the annual writing challenge, it's a calendar from a completely separate company, it's also not free to use so I won't be showing it here. The problem I have is with the F* word. In my opinion the use of such words are a sad excuse for those not creative enough to write something original when trying to be witty in an edgy kind of way. It's a lot harder to come up with something different and many people don't even try, which is just plain pitiful. F**k is not original, it's tired and overused.

Oh, and right now my other site, Susan Arscott is getting a complete redesign, thanks Powered, but it will be available soon.

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