The hardest part of #writing

I can see the finish line.

I’ve written over 40,000 words this month.  I have less than 10,000 to go to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.  I made it past the 30K point, when I truly hated my novel and couldn’t force myself to write more than 300 words a day.  Now I’m back up to 1500-2000 words a day, and feeling much better about the project as a whole.

I know the book still sucks, though.  It’s a rough draft.   It does its job, which is to give me the ugly piece of clay from which to carve my sculpture.

All I need to do now is finish it.

I don’t know if finishing a book is the hardest part of writing, but it’s certainly been one of the hardest things for me to do.  I’ve started dozens of novels – nay, hundreds – and quit them when I ran out of things to say, or got busy on other projects, or just got frustrated with the whole process, or got a better idea for a new story to write.  Sometimes this happened 10,000 words in; other times it happened 100 words in.

I’ve never made it to 40,000 words in a single, cohesive story.

Sure, I’ve published nine books.  But the only one that comes close to 50K is a collection of 1000-5000 word short stories (Tales from the Teeth).

So I’ve already broken my record.  But it doesn’t count until I finish the book.

Is that the hardest part?  It is for me.  But that doesn’t matter – because in my head, I’m already done.  All that remains now is to put the last 10,000 words onto the page.

Wish me luck!  I wish you the same.  🙂

– Luke

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