I think it’s safe to say no one involved in NaNoWriMo expects to achieve any level of perfection. For this one month, it’s all about getting to the finish line and most of us arrive looking like we’ve just come through one of those Zombie runs people (who aren’t me) think fun.
That said, it’s also safe to say most of us also have an inner high school teacher (or worse, and SAT test) lurking in our hindbrains screaming at us every time we use an adjective or drop an Oxford comma or let more than one point of view into a chapter (dude, I live for multiple POVs).
This can be annoying at best and crippling at worst, and whenever the inner SAT rears it’s ugly, #2 dotted head, I grab up my anti-perfection shield, the vibranium of creative writers, The Pursuit of Perfection: And How it Harms Writers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. When I start to seize up I just open the book to any page and get a dose of reality and can return to the muddy, barricaded, zombie-infested trail of my story (not that I write about zombies, because I don’t, because I like to sleep at night).
For anyone out there similarly struggling with their inner SAT, I heartily recommend Pursuit of Perfection, and if it’s not possible to get your hands on the book, Kris covers the same ground in her blog, here.
For now, I hope everyone’s soldiering on and getting their word counts. I’m pushing forward on my not-NaNo-but-hope-to-be-finished-with-NaNo project, looking pretty much like this:
Stay strong, friends. Stay strong.
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