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So.... what would y'all like me to do for you? Anything but a giveaway. I still have to announce the winners of the last one XD
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I'm not doing NaNo this year, but I did it last year and succeeded with 500 words extra XD
I know there are a lot people around here who are doing it for the first time this year, and I'm going to sit here all November and be a cheerleader ;) And maybe be an eensy teensy procrastination station :P
(Speaking of, lovely people, if you are going to be blogging about your NaNo journey and I don't currently follow you, let me know in the comments for this post and I'll go check you out!)
So anyway, for those who are first-time NaNo-ers this year, here's the first post of many for you. Pointers, what NOT to do, and little tricks to win that you might not have known.
(By the way, about my opening text-picture? Well, this may seem like a serious situation, and November shall seem dire at times. But really? Just laugh. :P)
The rule of NaNo is you can outline, plan, and name your chapters before November. But no writing until 12:00 am November 1st.
What I did may possibly be considered a breakage. But I don't think so, personally.
I had a short story I had written for an essay, about a squire who fought a dragon. It was like, maybe 300 words? At the most. And I liked the basis enough that I turned it into a screenplay.
It didn't really work. I mean, it did, but by about September/October of last year, I was losing steam fast. The screenplay was going in twelve different directions and I felt like I needed to explore it in novel depth before writing it as a screenplay.
That was when I remembered NaNo, revealed to me first by the friend who gave me that 45 Master Characters book. (Yeah, this mysterious friend of mine? She ROCKS.)
Anyway, I remembered NaNo and decided it would be the thing that would get me a story written. :P
Alert: grammar may or may not be present here.
After much drama which you can read here, here, here, and here for starters, I got a story written. And I learned some things.
I learned to let go of my perfectionism. I'm a Tolkien-esque writer at heart. As in, If-one-sentence-is-wrong-I-will-rewrite-the-whole-chapter kind of writer.
NaNo taught me to let go of that.
It also taught me the value of good music.
And word wars.
And uh, food.
And coffee. The nectar of life, I'm telling you.....
I'll stretch my oh-so-valuable expertise (haha) over the course of several posts. But for those prepping for NaNo right now:
actually works. And you may need to smack something at about Week 2.
You will never value
as much as you may during NaNo.
is sort of like the feeling when you start a new novel.
In more serious matters, if be that possible:
Having a starting point is a good idea.
You may or may not want to have your conclusion in the back of your mind already. Entertain the thought at least. I like a general, but beginning-to-end outline. If I know where I'm going, it's easier to get there. (No, really?)
Check out Write or Die. It may become your new best friend/enemy.
Go to as many write-ins as you can.
Relax. Take a deep breath. Get ready to churn out words.
First drafts are given express permission to stink. And that's okay. Get all the words you can out there. Even if you spend 800 words writing about soup, that's awesome. Get them out, and then slice and dice as you see fit AFTER November.
Actually, that's what I did. Sometimes I wrote whole thousands of words that I knew (or at least assumed) would be rejected later when I went through the first edit. But instead of deleting, I highlighted them a certain color or strike though'ed them and left them at the bottom of my Word Doc.
Because I wrote them during November. And they counted.
So, who's excited for NaNoWriMo?
*hears much cheering*
Sorry if this post didn't make too much sense. I'm a little tired.
I'll go over the stuff in bold in detail another day. Let me go get caught up on schoolwork :|
Anyway, see y'all later!
*staggers off to bed with a freshly-baked cowboy cookie and The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman tucked under one arm*