Dec 1, 2011
NaNo Report - Wrap-up OR
Things I’ve Learned From NaNo
I don’t know what it was this year, but I just didn’t feel the same buzz. In the past, even when I joined reluctantly I eventually got caught up in the whole NaNo spirit of things, that pull that keeps you going no matter what. But this year I really had to force myself to get the words out. At least until I got sick near the end.
But, as usual, I still managed to learn a few things about myself and my writing. So here are my pearls of wisdom, in no particular order:
Just because you kill a character off in the beginning, doesn’t mean they can’t become part of the story.
Sometimes it pays to be stubborn, sometimes it doesn’t.
Writing a NaNo novel is NOT like writing a serialized novel.
I do not get inspired by staring out the window at the endless November rain. It should be snow, damn it!
No matter how far you fall behind, if the spirit is willing you can still catch up.
Next time I want a hat, I’m going to just go out and buy it, instead of torturing myself for it.
Star Wars marathons on the television are almost as good for background noise as Star Trek marathons.
If my characters want to have sex, I might as well let them or else they start doing really kinky things.
Stride “Spark” gum works better than coffee as a pick-me-up. And it’s cheaper, too!
Sometimes, 50,000 words is not worth putting your life on hold for.
It is possible to type from a reclined position when your sinuses won’t stop dripping.
I get more writing accomplished in my office than the living room – even when I’m sick.