Monday, 16 December 2013
This year was my first time doing NaNoWriMo, and I managed to complete it at 50045 words on the 29th, although I got to 51394 by the end of the 30th. (link to stats) Here's some of the things I learned.
1. Plotting is important to be able to write fast.
I didn't plot out much of my NaNoNovel, but I had a basic idea of what I wanted the next couple of scenes to be about. They might change, but I had a short-term plan for the next few thousand words, and a (somewhat vague) long-term plan, of where I wanted to end the book up at. This meant that I could write much faster.
2. Writing is important.
If you're going to write, you need to do it. You can't just procrastinate and not write, especially if you have a deadline. You have to write. But...
3. Writing isn't important.
Well, it is, like I said above, but it's not the most important thing, by a long way. There are times when other things come before writing, and it's important for writing to not be the most important thing. And this means that sometimes, you may not be able to find the time to finish the project by when you want to. It's a matter of making priorities.
And ... I can't think of any other concrete things which I learned at the moment, yet ... or asphalt either (yes, I know, bad pun...) so I'll sign off and prepare for my next post in three months.