I am not lost…

June 5, 2017

You Missed It, The Point Was About Three Miles Back

So if you’ve been here for any stretch of time, you’ll know that I have a very strong connection to and love of the National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo, for short.) While I love NaNo and think it’s a wonderful tool for writers, I know that it’s not necessarily for everyone. Some people don’t work well under those conditions, November’s not a good month for them, I don’t know. There are a million reasons why you might not like NaNo.

But what continues to frustrate me is when I see people say “I don’t like NaNo because of these reasons” and they are explicitly reasons that are literally the POINT of doing Nano.

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October 24, 2016

NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Written in Stone

Of course, that title isn’t to insinuate that once you write something during November, you can never take it back. (Gods forbid, because I can’t imagine any of my stories staying there. Ugh.) But no, this is one of the other “rules” of NaNoWriMo that I’ve found people have the hardest time doing: not editing. Not going back and reading everything before you write again. Not fine-tuning every paragraph until it’s perfect, just the way you want it. Not writing three pages and then deciding you don’t like where it’s going and just deleting it all.

It’s not allowed. Inasmuch as anything is disallowed for NaNo, that’s one of them: do not delete your words. Some people go so far as to say that if you misspell something, you shouldn’t even delete that. Rumors of people disabling their delete key altogether. (I’m not quite that severe but…) So what does that mean for preparing?

Well…sometimes you need to get yourself ready for that kind of thing. And that means having a way to battle the Editor when it comes.

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October 3, 2016

NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Pants vs. Plot

One of the first things anyone will likely tell you about NaNoWriMo is the title of the book Chris Baty wrote specifically for the preparation time: No Plot, No Problem! It’s the core of what gets pushed about the National Novel Writing Month, that you can walk in with absolutely nothing and you can still win. You can get to that 50,000 mark.

But sometimes it’s not that easy. Sometimes you need something to work with. And that’s the first thing to look at, before you write a single word: are you a pantser…or a plotter?

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