.Now that NaNoWriMo has ended for 2010 I'm not sure I know what day it is...
Firstly though, I'd like to say a special THANK YOU to those people who cheered me along in the month of November, only you know who you are!
Only a writer truly knows how hard it is to write an average of 1,667 words consistently for a whole month and only a fellow writer would truly care, so for that, I say THANK YOU to you who have helped me...
Now that Nano is over for a another year, it's time to focus on WRITING and some of what we have learned threw? (through) the process of NaNoWriMo. [Note to Self: Nano has me forgetting the writing rules because that is the nature of the NaNoWriMo challenge; I shall work on my grammar and punctuation and spelling from this point on...]
One thing that became blatantly obvious to me was having a plan and sticking to it.
As you may already know I'm not much of a planner because I find it restrictive but through the Nano process this year I've realized if you really want to achieve something in particular you do indeed need a plan.
I had part of a plan.
Part of a plan is not a plan.
Well, it's not enough of a plan to get you where you want to go.
Where did I want to go?
Well, I wanted to write a fantasy novel. I set my Nano up so that I had thirty chapters of around four pages space to write hell for leather. I even had little prompts written under the chapter numbers for inspiration and you'd be surprised how apt they were throughout the process. Things like this:
Start here… [replace this text with today’s 1,667 words] don’t think, just write!
Day two start here… [replace this text with your 2nd days 1,667 words]
C’mon, this is just the beginning! [replace this text with your 1,667 words]
Now you’re on your way… [place your 1,667 words here]
Keep going! [place your 1,667 words here]
Now, you’re getting it… [replace this text with your 1,667 words]
And you thought this was supposed to be fun? Keep going! [place your 1,667 words here]
Are we there yet? [Place your 1,667 words here]
Etc, etc, etc... (The King and I)
Stuff like that and it helped me keep writing throughout the month of November.
I've attempted Nano in years gone by and I must say this year was my best year as far as learning writing lessons and you get to learn a lot about yourself too. It's a great challenge.
Next post we shall look at the editing process...
Until then, C U.