Reflecting On NaNoWriMo Week One

From The Yellow Sofa

By Carl Nickles

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It’s been a week since NaNoWriMo began and I am definitely behind on word count and content.  I’d be lying if I said that it wasn’t just a little discouraging.  However, I have made progress and I’ve been happy with the progress I have made.  But there are a few things that I’ve learned in this short amount of time:

1. I wish I had been more prepared.  Preparation has always worked for me in the past.  I believe it would have worked for me now (had I done it).  Writing by the seat of my pants is unsettling.  There are certainly lessons to be learned from this process, but it is definitely not my ideal method.  There is enough that I DON’T know about my story at this point without having a plan/outline from which to work.

2. Write everyday and don’t edit along the way.  I published a blog about writing crap.  That’s arguably the majority of any first draft.  A first draft is typically what is being written during NaNoWriMo for many participants.  This is the time for writing, not editing.  The time for cringing at what you have written and then rewriting it comes later.

3. Don’t stress over word count.  It’s always helpful to have a goal - healthy in fact.  Stepping up to challenges help us expand what is attainable that at one time we thought was impossible.    NaNoWriMo, in my opinion,  is a way to get writers writing with the benefit of having an army of other writers by your side.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but that would be true even if I had planned ahead anyway so I plan on enjoying the process and learning more along the way.  How is NaNoWriMo going for you?  Let me know in the comments.