National Novel Writing Month is not Flylady compatible in one way. It’s one big month-long gorge of writing, and Fly Lady teaches "I can do anything for 20 minutes."
On the other hand, NaNoWriMo is like Flylady in other ways. For instance, she teaches baby steps. And that is what NaNoWriMo does. It breaks up the big novel-writing task into 30 steps of 1,667 words each.
Another teaching of Flylady is the building of habits. NaNoWriMo is also teaching that (unless you write 5,000 words on 10 days instead of 1,667 daily). The ideas and words are flying around my head, now that I’ve developed the habit of writing daily.
NaNoWrMo encourages you to just jump in, not worrrying about perfect results, but rather worrying about the process. Fly Lady might as well be called the Anti-Perfect Lady. This is the core of her teaching. At the root of perfectionism is fear, she truthfully says. And fear is at the root of a writer who is not writing. Look how much I’ve connected writing with fear in this blog. (That’s the benefit of journaling–you learn things about yourself.)
Hey, the worst thing that happens if you don’t clean your house perfectly is that it looks better, and that’s a blessing. The worst that happens if you don’t get 50,000 words in a month, or complete your novel, is that you’ve stretched your writerly skills and had fun doing it.
The push to edit and polish (not perfect!) the novel necessarily has to come AFTER the rough draft is done, if you’re going to get 50,000 words accomplished. Anti-Perfectionism! I’m working on teaching dd to "just throw it" when she’s facing a new gymnastics trick. By her own admission, she was holding back for fear of not doing the tricks perfectly. Now she’s doing beautifully, pushing herself at each practice. And I’m following her example in the writing arena with NaNoWriMo. Thanks for the example!
I better go put it into practice.
My husband is fasting for the election today and tomorrow. I’ll be praying, but not fasting, since NaNoWriMo is not the right time to do something new.
Of course, all the elections are important, but I truly believe this election is a fork in the road, a bell-weather election that will determine the worldview, the foundation, on which our country will proceed in the future.
Pray with us!
Novel Progress: 5,038 words; 6 scenes written out of 48-52