Literary Abandon – My NaNoWriMo report

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.

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About Amber Belldene

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days. Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco

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Literary Abandon – My NaNoWriMo report — 7 Comments

  1. You will probably benefit by setting aside your editing project. Time away really is the best. You find so many more errors that way! At least, I know I have!

    Good luck on your NaNo project. I feel I would have a problem with NaNo, since I do not outline. When I start a story, I have an idea of how it begins and an idea of how it ends. Everything else is up for grabs!

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