Writing Nonfiction – Not Such an Easy Start!November 10, 2011
National Novel Writing Month is going on. As always, I’m participating, though I have to admit, I haven’t written a word toward my book yet. I have a pretty good outline, but for whatever reason, I’m having a hard time getting the first sentence going. This is not normal for me. I can usually just start, and keep going.
I’m attempting a nonfiction piece for the first time. It’s an idea that came to me at the first of the year. It’s a good idea, and I think I can do it justice. I just can’t seem to get started. It’s not really writer’s block, I have a lot of it mapped out in my head, and ideas about how to get points across. It’s just the beginning I’m struggling with.
Part of it is my resident critic and editor. He’s constantly saying stuff like, “Who cares what you think about that?” “Who is going to read a book you write about that, you’re nobody!” etc., etc. Of course National Novel Writing Month is about turning that part of ourselves off, and just getting the book out of your head and onto the page. I get that concept. I get how that works. I just can’t seem to get him to shut up!
Another issue I think is that I really want it to be good, because I want to publish it. So, I’m dealing with the idea that it needs to be perfect the first go around as well. Now, I know it won’t be. I know the first draft next to never is. I’m lucky in that I already have someone I can work with to help me edit it. So, that really shouldn’t be holding me back, should it? Yet, I think it is.
I get this Friday off, and I’m taking Monday off, so I’ll have a nice 4 day weekend. Hopefully, I’ll finally get the book started, and then it will just roll the way I want it to. Then I’ll have something to work with.
Are you doing National Novel Writing Month? If so, how’s it coming along?
– Cathy Lynn (aka Catherine)
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