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Camp Nanowrimo....

...got off to a rocky start this morning due to unscheduled sleeping in. This being Spring and me being a chronic Spring insomniac, I'm not exactly complaining, but I do my writing in the morning and I had only one hour to perform on cue.

Luckily for me, my month's goal is 10,000 words, which is 333.33 a day, and I can cheat if words from the first draft of my story are still usable with a little clean up. Which is less the case than I'd hoped. One of the things I took away from the Natalie Goldberg writing talk was the importance of setting aside something you've been working on and returning to it after sufficient time has passed, so you can look at it with an objective eye. I have been reading the stuff I wrote for the first draft and some of it has me thinking, "Oh, my God, does *this* suck!" If I was an editor for a publishing company, I would toss this piece of junk in the "No Wai Cliche" pile. And as a writer, I would be embarrassed to self-publish this under my name as it's written now.

So I've really wanted the second draft to entail me digging deeper, finding the soul of this story, and the right words to tell it in. It is the job of a first draft to suck. The writer is just getting ideas onto a page. Problem is, having a goal of sucking less in the second draft leads to writer's block sure as perfectionism ever does. So my idea doing Camp Nano is that just meeting a word goal will get me in a mental space where I worry about sucking less.

447 / 10000 words. 4% done!

And now for some campfire songs. Ahem. "It only takes a spark, to get a fire going...."