Surviving NaNoWriMo Week 1
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?