Tuesday, November 1, 2016

So it begins...

November 1. Launch day of NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month). And so it begins.


I had the advantage of a full writing day so I took full advantage, dedicating a good portion of my time to writing for speed, not perfection. I did better than I thought I would, although I had to work hard and not nit pick and embellish what I knew could be better.

Mostly I succeeded. Mostly. I can always go back and embellish later, right? Right. The purpose of NanoWriMo, as I understand it, is to ignore your inner editor, to fly into the mist with the goal of writing an entire novel in one month. Or at least the bare bones first draft of a novel. In the words of the most awesome Nora Roberts: You can fix anything but a blank page.

I get the concept. And, after day one of NanoWriMo, I also get why it's easier to attempt this challenge with a clean slate. A completely new story instead of a work in progress. Rebel that I apparently am, I bucked advice and went with a WIP. Here's what I learned.

Due to advance assessment, I tweaked the first six chapters of this WIP before NANO launch day. (I had eight chapters written) Those tweaks prompted ditching chapter seven and writing a whole new chapter (that coincided with today). That chapter, previously only partially written, was easily discarded and the new chap flowed out of me with shocking speed. Chapter Eight however was, for the most part, good to go. It just needed revising in order to be in line with other changes. Revising a previously written chapter was far harder than writing a spanking NEW chapter. And much, much more time consuming.

Hence why I now understand why being a NanoWriMo Rebel may not be as glamorous as it sounds. Regardless...

I'm thrilled with my output today. Not perfect, but progress. Writing time for the rest of this week is hindered by the day gig, BUT from here on out I'll be writing from scratch. Curious as to how that will go.

#NaNoWriMo 

                  

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