Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My one NaNoWriMo tip
Of course, that runs counter to everything NaNo teaches, but it's the only thing that's worked for whether I've "won" or "lost." The first year I did NaNo I "won," but half-a-decade later I have nothing to show for it except an embarrassing draft of a novel that's so bad calling it a "shitty first draft" would be generous.
Striking a balance would be ideal: writing without the constant rumbling in one's head that what you're creating is shit, but realizing that, hmm, maybe it is pretty shitty. It's really easy to get caught up in the fury of NaNo, and wanting the prize at the end, even if that prize is too simply say, "Yes, I have written something." But sometimes 50,000 words is just... 50,000 words.