NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is in on the second week. All of you are probably too busy writing your first drafts to be reading this, but I want to share some thoughts of my own NaNoWriMo experience.
So, here is the list of what I learned this week — and other general thoughts!
NaNoWriMo — Lessons Learned
- Because I don’t write during weekends — they are holy to me, which means no work and a whole lot of family time — I have to write more words during the weekdays to get to the 50,000 word target in the end. I don’t mind this — because I can’t, and don’t want to, prioritize away my family. And, to be honest, I don’t struggle too much with writing at least 2,000 words per day. I have the outlines and the notes I did before NaNoWriMo to fall back on. When I sit down by the desk every weekday morning I know what to write. This just, once again, proves to me that some kind of outline is vital before beginning to write.
- Even though I made short outlines for the books before NaNoWriMo begun, it doesn’t mean that I limit myself to them. I let my creative flow run free when writing. Usually I end up writing things I hadn’t thought of before, but that’s okay. I think the creative flow is more important than following the outline to the letter. Most of what I write during the creative flow is probably crap and will be cut in the revisions after NaNoWriMo, but much of it might just be better than I expected. Whatever the end result may be, getting those words down on paper is more important right now than making a perfect book.
- Having a thermos of coffee on my desk is so much better than having to run to the kitchen all the time!