I really thought I'd have another book for sale by now. But for some reason getting that first draft written is a slow, painful process. I watch my friends do NaNoWriMo and I am so jealous I could spit.

But then I think Wait a second! I could do that, too, if I wanted to!

And then I'm just mad at myself.

So lately I have been thinking about what makes it so hard for me to write. And I have come to the realization that I spend a lot of time looking for perfection.

And then I found this.

I really like Rachel Aaron. I enjoy her writing and the stuff she posts on her blog resonates with me. So I tend to believe her when she gives advice. And basically, her advice boils down to three things:
- Know what you're going to write before you write it (aka, map out your story so you aren't writing blind)
- Write for a long enough time that you can build up some momentum. And avoid distractions so that your time is useful.
- And finally, love what you're writing, at least long enough to get it written.

She says all this stuff way better than I do. But what she says makes sense to me, because I often don't do any of those things. I write by the seat of my pants and then get confused when I hit a wall and have no idea how to get to the next scene. I write for a short while, get frustrated and stop. Or I write surrounded by distractions and I wonder why I got nothing done. And I often spend so much time tweaking and re-writing and polishing a scene that I'm sick of the story before I even finish writing it.

So here is my pledge to myself: I know November is over, but December is gonna be my very own Personal Novel Writing Month. I'm gonna write 50,000 words between now and 2013.

There. I said it.