It’s that time of year again where I balance my work, my knitting and my writing and wonder how far can I not sleep before dying.
I want to be someone’s secret crush.
As previously indicated, I’m “cheating” on the start of NaNo because as an old and boring pregnant and motherly type I can’t function past midnight, and frequently crash long before, not to mention my literal coming inability to write later this week due to various events, so I’m evening the time-to-write score. So my NaNo clock just started. Not even a full two sentences in and I had to stop and make this post to remind myself and perhaps any of you who will also be beating your heads against this particular writing wall this month:
DON’T DELETE, ITALICIZE.
IF IT’S NOT THE RIGHT WORD, IT’S THE PRESENT WORD. The word that shows up is the word that counts.
THE INNER EDITOR HAD ITS EDITING LICENSE REVOKED for these 30 days. Give it a nice break so it’ll be fresh for editing next month.
WRITE NOW. EDIT LATER. Editing is for December. Don’t edit, make notes (More Words!)
EVERY WORD COUNTS. Even chapter titles and section headings.
HEAVY OUTLINING SUMMARY COUNTS. Get it done and move on or flesh it out next time.
CHRONOLOGY SCHMONOLOGY – JUST WRITE THE SCENES.
Also, I find it extremely helpful to break NaNo’s daily 1667 down into smaller chunks.
Say, 3 chunks of 500 words.
First chunk: Start with one paragraph of 100 words. Then another, and another. Each paragraph can develop one thought, one POV, one writerly or characterly line of inquiry on a particular thing. Five explicated thoughts later – bam. First chunk. It could be a whole scene.
After three chunks, wrap it up with 167 words of transition; rounding off, or cliffhangering, or developing, or segueing. Stronginthearm’s your uncle, and there’s your 1667 for the day.