Sunday, November 15, 2009

I'm not a quitter

In fact the word quitter is not even in my vocabulary. I can’t stand to let people down or myself, which leads me to do too many things in a small amount of time, and then I am over whelmed with all the things I need to do. Not only am I not a quitter I don’t know how to say no. I’m a yes person. Usually, yes people are yes people, because they don’t want people to hate them or think of them as unkind or lazy. Not me, I’m a yes person because I actually think I can do it all. And I usual can even though it may take me well into the night, make me ornery and use a few bad words. Oh, I get it done. It’s just sometime It’s not pleasant. But I am not a quitter.

Nano month has got me by the throat, but don’t worry I will accomplish my goal. I have had only six days to designate to my novel, which is hardly enough. I figure I’m down by 7000 words. To some that may be a lot, to others it could be an afternoon. To me it’s down 7000 words. But not for long, I have a plan. One I hope will lead me to the finish line on November 30 of having my 50K novel done.

The good news is, the book I’m writing is unfolding, and although I’m finding it more challenging to write, because I didn’t start out with a plot or a character outline. All in all though, I like it. Although I do have to keep reminding myself, it’s a rough draft and rough drafts are suppose to be rough. So I’m giving myself some room to grow. My title is Dating Ms. Harvey. It’s about a fourth grade class who tries to set up their teacher. I want to write something humorous and maybe a little slapstick. Humor is a hard thing to pull off in a book, if you don’t know what you’re doing. And there may be a question here if I do. I’d like to say yes, but it really is a wait and see. After I write a novel, I put it aside for a month or two to clear my head. After which I’ll let you know if I was able to pull it off or not.

Back to my original thought, Dating Ms. Harvey will be done by November 30, because, “Why,” that’s right, because I’m not a quitter.


  1. Glad to know that my aunt isn't a quitter... but dibs, on reading your rough rough draft of Dating Ms. Harvey... I have heard many ideas about it, and am just dying to know the details... so for this holiday seasons i expect to have a Leslee Bennett novel to escape into...

  2. Ha ha. I'm glad you're not a quitter! I uh, well I guess I would call myself a starter and a stopper---don't know if that is classified as quitting or not. I may be tempted to say: "well, that didn't happen this year, but I'll just pick up my unfinished novel next november and then next year I'd already be half way done!" =)

    good luck getting it finished. I absolutely LOVED the comic. I had that exact comic glued on my notebook when I was in high school. It brought back some fun memories! =)

  3. Funny, I think I am a quitter sometimes...didn't used to be though. Maybe I've learned that I'm not in competition with anyone, especially myself. Some how it seems a little less intense this way...only doing the things that really matter, that I really want to do???