MyNoWriMo Report – How I Did & What I Learned — 4 Comments

  1. Well, first of all, I must applaud you for writing for a sustained amount of time, especially with children and other commitments. Just the fact that you put pen to paper, whether in a journal or on index cards, is light years away from those who don’t.

    Second, I’ve done and won NaNoWriMo twice. I hesitate to give you any tips, since creativity is so individual to each person. But the one thing that really helped me getting those 50k words done was being as rough with it as possible. Even if I had a plan or characters and scenarios in mind, whatever came into my head, I let come into my head. If there was an angry squid, I let there be an angry squid. Word count matters more than plot in those cases, but even then, one can come up with some surprisingly brilliant stuff once one lets go.

    Oh, and adding a character that is hard of hearing so that other characters repeat things for the character certainly added to my word count. The character would be likely taken out later, but it still kept me going as a like a spot check in some areas.

    Keep trying and keep writing, though! You’ll find your best workstyle eventually 🙂

  2. I think that you accomplished quite a bit. Enough to color me impressed, at any rate. I don’t know how you do it with all of those trackers, spreadsheets and such. All of my attempts to be so organized have failed. I’ve learned that really simplifying my process is what works for me — but darn, I want to use the cool software and such!

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It kinda helped me to out things into perspective too.

    • Thank you. I have found that I am a super intuitive person. The downside being that I have no idea how I know things, I just know. If I have to track something down I get super detail-oriented. Otherwise I can’t keep track. Spreadsheet does it for me. It sounds like that just distracts you.

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