NaNoWriMo 2010 and what I learned from it

Posted on November 30, 2010

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Well I have made it to the end of NaNoWriMo but could not have gotten there without my writing buddy, Lisa, cyber-whipping me there (sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me!). So what lessons have I learned this year?

  1. I reconfirmed that I am a plotter/planner and not able to just sit and the keyboard with a vague idea and the story comes flooding in as some people seem to be able to do
  2. Do not get too wedded to the original outline as the story may well want to be going in another direction entirely and that little person in the head pushing it in that direction may well be right
  3. For NaNoWriMo – plan and plot further ahead!
  4. I did not know my characters well enough and found myself regularly wondering “hold on, is this what they would really do in that situation?” so more character work in advance for future projects
  5. That having a writing partner egging you on is a great way to work

I also now find myself wondering whether I am telling the right story. Further back-story ideas came to me that I now wonder whether they would be a more compelling fantasy in the first place?

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