Surviving NaNoWriMo Week 1

Surviving NaNoWriMo Week 1

November 7, 2011 Writing 14

I’ve done it. I have survived the first week of NaNo. I started out moving along great, and didn’t write anything at all yesterday, and I’m at word count for today already. This is so much better than last year when I was muddling along lost and pulling my hair out.

They say week 2 gets harder as things begin to dry up, but I have a sneaky feeling that my story is only *Just* getting started, a mere warm up to the goodness that is yet to come. The ideas are just floating in, and my NaNo board on pinterest is just filling up with pictures…

Oh? What’s my deal with that? One of the writing groups I belong to (sorry Chelle, I forgot to post the links for you last week!) recently did a series on the advantages of using social media as a writer. The very best tip I received from the series was using pinterest. Finding and pinning pictures of the settings in my head, then using the pictures to make my readers see them without using a picture.

Sweet? Right? So if you are really curious as to what my novel is about, you could always hop over to my pinterest account and check it out. (Some of you have already gotten the scoop by visiting and repinning. It’s driving you crazy, isn’t it? Admit it.)

Doesn’t this just peek your curiosity?

Are you wondering how I’m working my NaNo?

I’ll share a few tips:

1. I’m only aspiring for the NaNo set word count on a daily basis (1667 words, which is nothing for me) then I keep going.

2. I am not setting a certain time to write. That’s only asking for writer’s block in my humble opinion. It is the first thing I open every morning, even before I get breakfast and coffee. I read over the last few pages to bring me back into the story, and I go about my day. I write throughout the whole day, a scene at a time.

3. I follow some very wise advice I learned, again, from Write on Edge: Don’t complete your scene. Leave it unfinished so your imagination has places to go.

4. I’ll confess, I am editing. I take a few minutes each morning while I eat breakfast and read over what I wrote the night before. Sometimes I have a new idea so I’ll bring it up to speed. Sometimes I’ll realize I could have said more, so I’ll add it in. It’s all for the greater good, since it all gets me to my goal at the end of the day.

5. I’m keeping an open mind. The original ideas behind my story and the way the story is evolving, while still following the original game plan, is bringing in a life of its own. I have the freedom to let it go, to dive in head first, and follow my imagination wherever it takes me, even if it never ends up in the final cut. This is the pure joy of doing the challenge. It’s pure, unadulterated literary abandon.

I would really really like to have Thanksgiving completely and totally NaNo free.

So, my fellow Wrimos!! How are you doing? Got any secrets to share with me?


14 Responses

  1. momfog says:

    I am so glad you admitted you are editing. I have to edit a little bit. When I’m thinking about the story and come up with something I should have written into a scene, it has to go in there, even if it changes it. Like you said, it all goes to the word count anyway.

    The only downside to literary abandon is the tangents I tend to go on. I was feeling particularly lovey-dovey today and put way too much cheese into a love scene. It was hilariously bad and went on way too long. It added to the word count but took me in completely the wrong direction. I shudder to think what will happen when I’m royally ticked off.

    • DM says:

      I say you keep it in, since it went on long. You never know how much you might need it at the end. I do understand where you are coming from. I have to avoid writing sexual encounters when I’m “in the mood”. They tend to get a bit *ahem* raunchy. Shhh.

  2. Chelle says:

    No worries, Steph. I decided to do NaNoWriMo as well.
    Ha! What was I thinking?????

  3. shah wharton says:

    I’m doing my first one this year, WITH VISITORS!!!, so I must be bonkas, but I wrote 25k before they got here Sunday a.m and have wrote another 1300 today while they go shopping. I’m just heading into ACT II and on schedule I think. From reading how you’re going about it, I’ am doing exactly the same! 😀 Great minds – Good luck. X (buddy my?)

  4. TheKirCorner says:

    I am editing a little…I’ll read through about once an hour , add in and take out, read it out loud and move on.
    I am keeping a really OPEN mind, these characters are doing things I never thought of before I started writing and I love it…they show me stuff everyday.

    I love writing the sex stuff….;)

    and I’m just writing, at 12,000+ I’m just glad I got this far and still have lots to tell.


  5. Carrie says:

    I’ve done a bit of editing but ONLY cause I realized I completely changed my plot from one scene to the next. hence, it no longer made sense 🙂 I’m sure there are other spots like that…but I’m trying to stop myself.

    The biggest change in all this is writing in somewhat of a linear fashion. You know me: prompts are my friend 🙂 Tangents are FUN! But with this I’m really trying to write it out the way I think it would work in a book. So far, it’s working.

    Send over some of that raunch will ya? For a romance I am disgustingly tame :p

    Bring on week 2!!

    • DM says:

      Not writing to prompt is definitely more difficult when that’s what you are used to. I thought it would be a challenge to write more in one sitting since I’ve been working on such short word counts of late. I’m glad it didn’t. I’m actually enjoying where the story is going.

  6. Jessica Anne (@Jessica_Anne_CA) says:

    Sounds like it’s going great! I think Pinterest is such a great way to get the setting solidified. I’ve been doing some pinning for my WIP too. 🙂

  7. Angelia Sims says:

    You are no doubt, my Nano hero! You make it sound so easy, and I have no doubt your story is GOOD. When you are famous, I will get to say, “I knew you when”.

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