Sunday, November 15, 2009

NaNoWriMo Break

     I am now over 30,000 words and I realized last thursday that I made a tactical error after I finished writing for the day.
     A word of advice for other NaNoWriMoers, don't make the mistake I made. Don't read through what you've written so far. It's terrible stuff, it's the first draft and it created an overwhelming urge in me to revise.
     So I had to stop writing for a couple of days in order to get back to the mindset necessary for pumping out 50,000 words in a month. I've decided I'm going to put my work away for a month in December and let the dust settle. Then I'll come back to it.
     I have a new mantra when I start writing tomorrow.
     It's "Revise in January! Revise in January!"

4 comments:

Anna said...

Ah yes, I made this mistake a while back which is why I'm only at 17k right now. But I'm determined to get back on track. I might try out your new mantra. :-)

J.Tuttle said...

Yes, This is my first Nano so I didn't know how reading through could stop the momentum. I'm glad your determined to get back on track. Me, too! Good luck!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the advice. it's my first year doing Nano, and I have not gone back and read what I have written. I just assume it's total crap! I like your idea about waiting until January to deal with the revision process. December should be spent on recouping, and rewarding ourselves!

J.Tuttle said...

Rebecca, you've got the right attitude! I've had rewards set up all during this month so far. The big blow out will be at the end. I plan on celebrating then and I think your idea of celebrating all through December is great. This is hard and we deserve it. Go NaNoWriMoers!