There’s a flat spot of no new words on my NaNo graph. (A couple, actually). There’s a book for Margaret Ball that I’m… a month? ack! overdue on writing a blurb for. (Yes, more mathemagics coming!) There’s a writing class that I just threw up my hands and skipped turning in the assignment, and went and got some sleep instead. And let’s not even talk about the state of my kitchen floors, or the way I’m failing to make the gym coaching sessions I paid good hard-earned money for.
Welcome to adult life, eh? But why did I even get into this writing class in the first place, much less NaNo? Because I looked around, and realized a basic truth – nothing alive is static. If you’re not learning, then you’re not growing, and if you’re not growing, you’re dying. It’s too late in the year to pick up glider lessons, so I’m going to concentrate on warmer, indoor pursuits.
As for why did I get into all these things at the same time? Because this is when the opportunities came open. Life rarely waits for you to be ready, so I took the chance when I had the availability. Now, I’m hoping that the difference between “swamped beyond recovery” and “this is awesome!” may be three night’s bad sleep. I hope so, because then I’ll be able to recover soon. On the far side of family obligations for Thanksgiving, at least.
And when it comes to writing, the best way to get better is directed practice. So I’m doing a writing class set around NaNo, where we’re specifically to take lessons and use them to focus on improving a novel, while we write the darned thing. No endless rounds of revision, here, but instead trying to take what we’ve got an improve it on the fly, in constant practice and motion. Which is kinda hair-pulling-out, but at the same time, I think I’ve written more this month than in the last 3 combined, and I’ve learned a bit about taking criticism, and about my lack of foreshadowing and character introductions (In which I need to learn more about how to do those without hitting my “blech! infodump!” limits.)
After I finish this, I have a bunch to learn about marketing, because the market is changing on me while Peter hasn’t been releasing, and I’m pretty sure I’m well behind the power curve. I may post more over the next few months on what I’m studying in an effort to catch up. Long before then, I’ve got to get this blurb from incoherent mumble to attracting buyers, and my kitchen floor mopped. (That last may be the hardest of them all.)
What new challenges have you tackled, or things have you been learning about, lately?