I enjoyed reading Jim Butcher’s NaNoWriMo pep talk last night. Good stuff. However, I am happy National Novel Writing Month is almost over
One of the drawbacks to nanowrimo is that there is such a thing as writers who write mostly using inspiration. They say practice writing every day, don’t wait for inspiration to strike. However, forcing yourself to write every day can become draining and annoying real quick.
I’m in the home stretch, I’ve written over 40,000 words this month, I only missed one day where I didn’t write anything at all, I’ve managed to stay ahead of the daily requirement of 1667 words most of the month, and I’m sick to death of forcing myself to write everyday. Practice is all good and well but I prefer to meander in my thoughts, let ideas marinate and evolve or fall away. The danger in this method is that it takes longer to finish a manuscript. If you crank it out, you’ve got something to work with and tend to get most of your plot and central action down. Its different for every writer I guess. All I know is I can’t wait for this month to be over.
Absolutely forget rushing to revise the book for the publishing opportunities nanowrimo offers. I want the glory of saying “I did it again, yeah!” but I am freaking DONE come November 30th! I’m not rushing to do anything this year.