I'm having a rather productive morning, drinking a cup of Highlander Grogg brewed coffee, posting some of my fave songs/videos to Facebook, and validating my novel on NaNoWriMo's site. Okay, perhaps it's not the most productive, but what else are Saturday mornings for if not listening to mewithoutYou's [A--> B] Life and being excessively lazy?
Working on a novel for the past several weeks has zapped all of my time. I've penned 57,000 words (204 pages) since November 1. How is that possible? It's a very specific formula, folks—forsake all other activites and write. But really, it doesn't have to be that dramatic. They ask that you write 1,667 words a day to reach 50k by Nov. 30. If I'd only written that many per day, it wouldn't have been much time at all. Of course, I write like Lance Armstrong rides a bike, so that helps. I've just devoted as much time as possible with positive results.
I work during the day [most artists do if they want to eat], so it's not like I've had every possible second to write. The key [for me, at least] is to keep the novel in your head at all times. If you walk away from it, you won't know what to write next. I also tend to—especially when starting a new paragraph or section—just start typing the first thing that pops into my head. Instincts are a big key: having a feel for what makes a good story. I've been writing for so long that it just comes naturally—which I make no apologies for. I've worked a freaking long time to be able to write a novel in such quick sucession. I guess what I'm ultimately trying to say in as many words as possible [apparently] is work your butt off in whatever you want to do, and you'll eventually get good at it. If someone tries to tell you otherwise, just drink a hot cup of coffee and ignore them. Haters gonna hate.
I suppose I should wrap this up as I have a novel to finish, my advanced reading copy of BLOODLINE: LEGENDS to edit [the inside cover shows first release as January 2012], and a living room to paint. Let's see which one gets done first...