Today is the seventh day of NaNoWriMo, and I’m having a blast with my first attempt to write a novel in a month. I’ve averaged about 2500 words a day, which is plenty to achieve my goal of 50K by the end of the month.
But the most exciting part has been what I’ve learned about my writing.
First, I’ve become a believer in a detailed, scene by scene outline, because it helped me catch plot problems before I started writing. I know outlining doesn’t work for everyone, but so far it’s working for me.
Secondly, Apparently, I like to edit as much as I like to write. I adore nuancing emotions and will rewrite sentences until they are perfect.
The problem is–I will wordsmith like that from the start even though, as I write, my plans change, my characters’ voices evolve, and their backstories deepen. And all that edit-as-I-go effort gets reworked over and over again with monstrous inefficiency.
For me, the discipline to not go back, but just to keep moving forward, is really paying off. I am writing much more productively, and will go back to revise, nuance, and wordsmith later, once I have it all worked out.
Although I am sad to set aside editing the sequel to Blood Vine for the remainder of the month, I’m looking forward to using everything I’ve learned to write the third book next.