Stuff I Have Learned From NaNoWriMo In Convenient List Form
|Coming to you from the shockingly tidy desk of Miss Cole, an actual blog post!|
I thought I'd take a moment to share with you some of the lessons I have learned during my NaNo experiences from this year and 2011.
- Resist the urge to go back and add in extra scenes. That's what editing is for.
- Keeps notes. Lots of notes.
- A little bit of a plan for future events isn't such a bad thing really.
- No, seriously, don't go back, not even to add in that really important scene that will totally add depth to that character. Wait until December.
- And that plan for future events we just talked about? Try and stick to it. I mean, you only wrote it yesterday!
- Don't worry if your characters don't stop talking. You can silence them with action sequences when editing. Hooray!
- Enjoy the dodgy quality of your work. Revel in your cliches and your repetitiveness.
- Treat yourself for every target you hit. Mmm, Fortnum's Royal Blend Tea ^_____^
- Don't worry if you miss a day. You can catch up. Turns out 30 days is quite a lot of time if your story really wants to be told.
- Write during every free moment you can find, but take breaks too.
- And enjoy those breaks.
- Sleep some more.
- Don't be late for work.