Friday, 8 October 2010

Gearing Up For NaNoWriMo

Yeah, I know there's most of the month to go before NaNoWriMo gets started, but I'm already getting the itch. The past two years of taking part in NaNoWriMo have seen me write the bulk of two novels, and once this one is complete I shall be giving all three an overhaul and pitching them as a series. That's another story though. The main thing is taking part and getting those 50,000 words down.

I love the fact that it's the whole point of this month-long event to just get some content down. After all, it's better to have something that needs a lot of work doing to it in front of you rather than a blank page or screen. If you have something to use as a starting point, then you can build on that and refine it. If you don't get that first blast of text out, then you may never even start it.

That's the beauty (and indeed the frustrating thing too) about the NaNoWriMo concept- it helps you to turn off your internal editor for a while and just get some work done. You can pick up on the typos, plot points, changes in character appearance and whatnot later. Have you decided on your project yet?

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