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NaNoWriMo–Yes or No? October 27, 2012

Posted by J. in FYI, Genius.
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Last year, I did it. I won NaNoWriMo. I wrote a 40K word novel in 30 days.

I’m not saying it was a good novel. I gave it to four beta readers and none of them could get through it. Well, I assume they couldn’t. The only feedback I got was “I haven’t finished it yet” and then I don’t like to push when folks are doing me a favor, so I let it drop. The fact that it wasn’t devoured eagerly and commented on either favorably or un- is telling.

It also doesn’t exactly make me want to write that way again.

The one good thing is that it made me get forty-thousand words on paper. It took a lot of hours to do, with an end result that’s worthless to me. I can’t edit it because to me, the story is told. It’s just (apparently) not a very good story. I can live with that.

But I have three full-length novels in progress that have all stalled for one reason or another, and I’ve had very little time to write lately. I’m thinking maybe during NaNo this year of setting aside a block of time every day to write. Perhaps log so many hours on the stories I already have instead of counting the words, and give myself a victory if I can get any one of them into a readable draft form. Hell, finishing all three and having manuscripts to submit to publishers would be an amazing accomplishment, even if I don’t earn a shiny new badge for my sidebar.

It’s for sure that writing is a discipline. I have to do it all the time, every day, or I get out of practice. Even blogging is hard (in case you couldn’t tell) because the words don’t want to come out of my head. My writing seems halting and forced and stilted to me, and the words flow only in messy, lumpy, stringy, scattered bursts.

It will be good to get my head back in the game.

 

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1. pinkynotbrain - October 27, 2012

My thought (and you can take it with a grain of salt) is that even though the goal of NaNo is expressed as “writing 40k words” it’s really meant to get people into the habit of writing/editing – actually setting aside the time and doing it. And if your time is better spent working on polishing some rough works instead of creating something fresh, then that’s perfectly permissible.

I would be so excited for you if you spent the time working on one of your unfinished works and got some serious interest in it.

2. Boob - October 27, 2012

Was I one of your readers? :-/

J. - October 27, 2012

Yep. 🙂

3. tashagurl - October 28, 2012

FWIW, do what you need to do – you have nothing to prove. Work on your stories and get them where they need to be to be published. Good luck!!


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