I've just finished revising my novel for the third time. I've sent it out again to my readers (friends and family) and am now taking a break from working on it. It sort of feels like I'm missing a limb.
By Lara Paquette (Writer)
I was scared of being a writer for a long time. I was so concerned with publishing and who would read what I wrote that all of my work was really cliched. I was trying to be very literary and high brow, when I'm not really either of those things. I love literature and read constantly and I'll enjoy a museum or an art house movie, but really I fall somewhere between Low Brow and Brilliant on the New York Magazine Approval Matrix.
For a long time I was trying to be something I'm not: a writer of the next Great American Novel. I didn't think about the fact that I should be writing what I wanted to write, what I wanted to read. I started NaNoWriMo on a whim. It was during Hurricane Sandy when all there was to do was wait for the power to go out and troll the internet. I came across a tweet from Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, about how her book started during NaNoWriMo and its a great way to write a first draft.