NaNoWriMo 2013

Two days in on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’m making good progress!

This year, in order to prep for NaNoWriMo, I spent the two days before working on nothing but the outline for my novel. I was able to flush out more of my story, but there were certain details that eluded me. Those were points where I wasn’t certain what the character would do. And now, that I’m deep into the writing, I guess I will have to develop my novel more organically when I get to those decision milestones.

I’m a big fan of NaNoWriMo, but I don’t want to ‘just play the game’. To me, a writer can get lost by the goal of 50,000 words and might just write for the sake of a higher word count. In those cases, the quality of the writing can degrade. I still try to maintain a certain level of quality, which hinders my speed, but saves me time from editing on the back end. I’m trying to force myself to write differently this year, so we’ll see how that goes.

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