The following is a guest post from Tiffany (Angelkirb). Tiffany lives in Calgary and her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, knitting, and watching a variety of TV shows (which goes better with some of her hobbies than others).
I was recently asked to write a blog post and I wasn’t sure what to write about, as NaNo hadn’t officially started yet and I didn’t think I had faced any writing issues so far. After a little reflection, though, I realize I still needed to decide what I wanted to write. I had a novel picked out and ready to go other than an in depth outline. Just as started it, though, the inspiration for a storyline about a favourite D&D character struck. Just days before NaNo started I was daydreaming new scenes for the D&D fanfic and I found myself conflicted. I felt like I should be writing the novel I’d been looking so forward to for the last year, yet I couldn’t get the idea of the fanfic out of my head. Either way I had to choose, as time was running out and I hadn’t done the planning I needed for either one. I found myself talking to a number of people over the next few days, trying to get a sense of what I should do. I got a lot of really good advice, but I noticed one main reoccurring theme and I think it applies to all of NaNo.
Write what flows and follow your heart.
So simple, yet it can be easy to forget or ignore. I find when I do that’s when I run into trouble with my writing. Especially at a crazy time like November when we are trying to get so much written in such a short time frame, it doesn’t take much to fall prey to over planning and the frustration of trying to get your novel back to where it’s “supposed” to be after it’s gone off track. Whether you’re a planner or not, don’t sweat it when this happens. Just go with it. As long as the words are flowing and you’re having fun with it, you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. You can always go back and fix it up later if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you want, but for now, just getting the words down is all you need to focus on. So go with it, follow your heart, and get your words!