Things I learned on my way to losing NaNo.
Number 1--It doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you play. Okay. Maybe I have to believe that since I've never won NaNo. For me, it is virtually impossible to write 50K in one month. I told myself in the beginning, that I'd be happy to finish at 30K. I ended up with a little over 15K.
Number 2--I learned to the let the details go. I put in caps when there was something I wanted to come back to--even if it was just a mannerism that I wasn't really sure about right at the moment I was writing it.
Number 3--When letting the details go, keep a piece of paper of questions you want answers for to research at a later time. Usually I let these details hang me up but this time I jotted down the question and kept going.
Number 4--I am still unable to put down words that I know I will have to take out just to make a word count quota. I know people who will have a character sing an entire song--American Pie, maybe?--just to make their word count. I think that is cheating. If you fill the screen with nonsense, you're not helping yourself or your book.
Number 5--Life will get in the way. It is inevitable. It is up to me how much I let life control my writing time. For the first couple of weeks I did a really good job of maintaining my idea of a writing schedule. And one blissful day I wrote for 4.5 uninterrupted hours at B&N and produced 5K words. 5K! In one day. It was amazing. And wonderful. And the last day that I wrote that much. Sure, I had a couple more 1k days, but nothing like that day.
Why? Because I had to write in short blocks of time. Before work. In between appointments. And I didn't use my days off wisely. I chose poorly.
Number 6--I will probably attempt to win again next year. Even though I say now that it is virtually impossible for me to write 50K in one month, I hold out hope that I will jump that final hurdle and launch myself over the finish line.
The experience is usually for the better. I wrote 15K on a brand new project--one that I believe could have potential. But then I think that about everything I write. But doing NaNo gave me the chance to put my current project on hold so I could focus on a new shiny object. Hopefully the time away will work to my advantage and the WIP will take off when I get back into it this week or next.
So--again I'm having trouble making the write choice. Do you realize that it's less than three weeks until Christmas??? On my last two days off, my sister and I made coasters. A truck load of ceramic coasters. And I'm not done yet. They're so much fun. Although at this point I'm going to have to give everyone I know a set of coasters to get rid of them--or get more tables scattered around my house.
But I am returning to the keyboard. See? Evidence sumitted.