Hello everyone! NaNoWrimo is approaching, fast. Only 16 days left until we begin the month of 2000 words a day hopefully more if I can.
This year I'm hopefully going to try and completely reinvent my writing technique and style, I've written two other books for NaNo that haven't gone.. well.
Mistakes were made, things were learned, and things will be fixed. To possibly help myself, and maybe others, here are a list of the many, many, things that I did wrong when writing. Let's go.
i've decided to start all writing posts with a textpost. let's laugh at ourselves
some outline/plan is probably needed
I never planned my novels. Mistake number one. I thought, hey I can be a pantser and wing it, right? (i can't be a pantser) So I have this general idea in my head, a beginning and an end, but other than that, I got nothing. Nothing. Time to plan, as much as I despise it, I need a plan of how things are gonna go and connect. ugh
maybe this way i won't take an entire day out of nano and sit on my bed asking myself where the heck am i taking this novel
*me in November after I planned* i CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW. THE RAIN IS GONE. I CAN SEE ALL OBSTACLES IN MY WAY. IT'S GONNA BE BRIGHT.
my characters need some sort of personality
My characters are always so flat? Or they're always the same? Just these people who are either horrible, really perky, or like depressed. And that's all there is.
Hey Noor.. there's something called character development. Try it sometime huh?
it's gonna be ugly. don't give up on it
It's called a "first" draft for a reason. It's ugly, it's bad, but it can be fixed. And your *wink* plan helps it to be not as ugly. It'll be a not messy ugly. And there's always editing. Not that you're supposed to like it. But it'll make everything pretty AND not messy.
Don't focus on making a single chapter perfect, it's really okay if it's not, go back and make it perfect later in the year. Right now, we gotta focus on FINISHING this not messy ugly first draft.
Let your hands just type type type. Give them power, not too much though, they could kill some people... or too many people.
As much fun as it is, I cannot spend all of November creating beautiful aesthetic Pinterest storyboards. Hey hey don't moan, you know I'm right.
And no you can't use a whole chapter on your two favorite children getting nice things. WE CAN'T ALWAYS HAVE NICE THINGS.
Don't hold off on those deaths either.. they're painful but people die. it happens. *sobs*
don't. compare. yourself. to. others.
Hey look at you, all the crazy things you're balancing and writing at the same time. Yeah they finished their novel in a week but that doesn't matter! Keep doing what you're doing, that 2k words a day is amazing, especially with all those crazy things!
give yourself a high five, reward yourself with a chapter about a dragon, you deserve it me.
have fun with it
oh come on, did you really think writing was a serious thing that you had to put your serious face and burn your hands into the abyss to finish that chapter. i mean yeah but HAVE FUN. writing is fun, that's why you do it.
(i probably will have other opinions on this topic come november)
BUT dance to Hamilton, get a slice of cake, read a little bit, have fun with writing and let yourself be free. F U N.
Are you doing NaNoWrimo this year? If so tell me about your novel and also.. email me if you want to be writing buddies, we could all be in a big group and it would be COOL BEANS.
Thanks for reading,