NaNoWriMo Week 2: Lessons Learned

NaNoWriMo Week 2: Lessons Learned

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!

What have you learned this second week of NaNoWriMo?

 
NaNoWriMo Week 2: Lessons Learned
NaNoWriMo Week 2: Lessons Learned