Before NaNoWriMo(2013) began, I was itching to finally get started on writing what had been in my head for years, originating from (incredibly) such a young age. Instead of "cheating" by starting to write early, I began to use water-color pencils to demonstrate scenes in my head, where my stories would take place. If I had an idea, I made it an illustration. I used this "early" time, to work out the kinks, and really get it set in my head, what I wanted to happen(including looking up names and their meanings. It always takes me such a long time to choose names, and that would be an unnecessary waste of valuable writing time!).
I let my mind speak into existence pictures, and I let those pictures, in turn, speak to me.
I can't tell you how incredible that was, and how it helped me, in so many ways. Or maybe I can!;)
If you have a clear cut vision of what you want, in your novel (with or without all the details), this will help you immensely.
This gives you freedom to take as much space as you want, to figure out all your details with words, while you still have a concrete direction, and no way of getting lost. You might even come up with genius and unexpected additions! More words, more success:)! You can at least find out what doesn't work.
You can edit later!! Just get it down, and let it flow.
If you have clear vision, this gives you freedom to create details using as much space as you want, with no way of getting lost along the way.
This year, I will be reviewing the entirety of what I have written down so far, and I will be filling in the gaps(I wrote out of order, last year! Rebel, me:) ). Did I already say? MORE WORDS <-just look at my sister's NaNo profile pic, to prove it!!
And hey, I may not get 50,000 words - but this year, my real goal is my story. Ultimately, it has been all along, which may be why I didn't "win" last year. However many words it takes (and technically, I'm already "cheating" this year, by starting out with my base of words already in my novel... So, should be interesting to see how that progresses!!)
I'm just using NaNoWriMo this year, to do what I've already stated: to fill in the blanks, and still create, and maybe smooth it over, depending how far I get in the process. I'm gearing more toward a completed body of work, than lots text for the sake of numbers. NaNoWriMo is usually about "quantity over quality," to get your creative juices flowing, and your words out there (which I'm all for, in reasoning!) but the perfectionist in me says no. I may or may not put that part of myself aside, at this time! Typically a writer will use this month as a springboard, to edit later for a finished product.
I'm using NaNoWriMo for the mad-dash-write-hype!:)
Whatever happens, I'm not going to forget step 1: Get it down, let it flow. It's still about the words.:)
NaNoWriMo is going to help me get a novel done, and isn't that really what it's all about :)?
Excuse the excessive smilies. I'm just getting into the spirit! Also, Flatbread was just that amazing, as usual.
By the way, Panera is a really great place to get noveling done - I know someone in our area is already planning to have write-ins there! Just pick your time of day, for the ambiance you are looking for.
Check out the NaNoWriMo sponsor deals and publishing plans/chances to win, for NaNoWriMo members!
Happy NationalNovelWritingMonth to all of you!!
Who of you are participating? What's it all about? What drives you? 1st year? 32nd(hahah)? Congratulations, for entering the journey!! High five from me, you can do it. Let's connect.