Today marks one full week of NaNoWriMo.
I’ve written 16,201 words worth of description, dialogue, exposition, technology, and other fun nonsense. I’m about ~5000 words ahead of the game, and don’t feel a slow down coming any time soon.
Some lessons learned so far:
1. Writing an outline was more important than I ever thought. All of those professors pounding the idea into my head for 4+ years were trying to help, after all. If I get lost or lose steam, I just pull up my outline (which I’ve color coded and added icons to) and suddenly my mind knows where to go next! Organization is actually helpful? I may need to revisit this notion later.
2. I love writing female characters. Who knew?
3. This whole writing-a-piece-of-substantive-length thing is 90% discipline. Imagination, art, and skill obviously count for something, but if you don’t force your fingers onto the keys to turn your insane story into words, all the creativity in the world won’t help you.
4. Painkillers (prescribed!) make for interesting metaphors.
5. I’m having a shitload of fun. Not only do I feel accomplished at the end of each day, but I get a stupid, giddy feeling when I talk about the plot and the characters, and how the plot is going to emotionally destroy the characters. Here’s to hoping I actually produce something worth reading.
To the first week of NaNoWriMo, I raise a Magner’s Irish Cider. Cheers!
Maybe I can do this whole writing for a living thing.