Sometimes I can’t get monologues out of my head, so I produce them in the living room while my kids are sleeping/at school.
I have to confess something, you guys.
I totally failed at NaNoWriMo this year.
I was doing so well for the first week, never letting anything get in my way–you could practically hear “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background. When I didn’t know what to write I wrote anyway. I really started developing my characters.
Then I realized that my characters were me and my husband and it was getting too personal and convoluted and I was using it as therapy and I really didn’t want to write this story because it dug too deep and it felt inaccurate and I got overwhelmed. I tried to switch gears, start a new project. Then I got busy. I did what I told you all not to do; I skipped a day. Then I skipped another. I slid all the way down that slippery slope.
BUT: Do you remember what I said about NaNoWriMo being a writing exercise more than a quick way to produce a novel? Even when you don’t finish it, it is. And the point of writing exercises is to open up your creativity, give you fresh ideas, and maybe help you learn about yourself as a writer. For me, it was the latter.
To everyone out there who just finished NaNoWriMo, a big HIGH FIVE.
Now go relax a little. You’ve earned it.
Of course, I’m always going to recommend books as gifts. For your neighborhood theater geek (I can call them that because I sort of am one… I most certainly was in my youth), books are a fantastic option–and by books, of course, I mean plays. Or screenplays, if your theater geek is also a movie buff which, naturally, quite a few of us are.
But maybe a play isn’t the thing. Okay. Something Shakespearean might be fun:
See last week’s gift guide here.
You are almost there, you NaNoWriMo-er, you. Just one more day! You will make it to that finish line. You WILL.
But you might be having trouble. You might be exhausted.
Here’s what you’re gonna do.