It's NaNoWriMo Time!
He starts off looking like this:
Then he gets angry and frustrated with my progress. He starts to howl and wail. Then he turns to this.
He prefers honey, but I supplement with extra sticky peanut butter, especially during NaNo.
Sorry, Boris, time to get in your cage. It's only 30 days. I am sure you understand. See you December 1st!
So, do you have a Boris? If you are NaNo-ing or if you are just writing, how's it going? Need some extra sticky peanut butter? I buy in bulk. I'll be happy to share.
By Boris is huge and overpowering and positively refuses to shut up. Not only that, but my Boris as an evil grammar fairy sitting on his shoulder who is constantly nagging be to add a comma, lose that adverb, or re-work that run-on sentence.
I'm not a big editor the first go round. I always read what I wrote the day before to help me get settled in my characters' heads and I may fix some grammar if I find it or a big mistake for example in one paragraph she orders a cosmo and in the next she's drinking an apple martini. Maybe I was just thirsty, I don't know. But big plot edits? Nah, I wait until the first draft is pounded out.
Hope you have lots of carrots and water nearby! ;) Cheering you on, girl!
oh, no, Trisha. They must be brothers! Send him over, there's room in my Boris' cage for two!
Jessica~ I try to do the same thing. My biggest issue is when he starts bemoaning how one-dimensional my characters are.
Thanks for the support!
I don't have a Boris, I have a whole committee. The chairperson is my evil twin, Phyllis. Unfortunately, listening to music while I write doesn't cover up their voices, it makes them start singing along and changing the words until I'm totally off track.
I'm thinking maybe chewing gum really loudly might help this month.
I wish you well as you write your way through NaNoWriMo, Dawn. I hope you can keep Boris at bay.
I allow my internal editor free rein. I'm one of those writers that does a very heavy outline/plotting session before I write the first line. And then I write a total of 1.1 drafts before it goes to the editor, usually. Because of that, I tend to tweak and fix things as I go. I find it easier to do things that way than to do 3, 4, 5, or more rewrites of the same stuff. So even though I NaNo, I let my internal editor loose. Her name is Caffeine. LOL.
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