Thursday, November 12, 2009
Words, Words, and More Words
NaNoWriMo has not completely taken over my life, but, boy, howdy, it certainly directs big hunks of my day.
I'm loving it!
Here's a couple of observations....
1. Writing is best done in as big a time chunks as I can manage. I find it easier to hold on to the thread and tone of the story if I concentrate on it for a couple of thousand words at a time. One afternoon, I managed 3,300 words while nursing a mocha at Starbucks. Fun. On the other hand, I'm also content to drop a quick 500 words into the mix if I don't have time to do more.
2. Writing can be accomplished any where and any time of day. So far this month, I'm writing here at home in my two favorite writing spaces, out on the porch swing, in the lounge chair in the back yard, at Starbucks, in a parking lot, and in the car. I've written early in the morning, all afternoon, and just before bed. I still believe setting up a regular schedule is most productive, but I'm fitting writing into my life in amazing ways. No excuses.
3. Some of the choices I've made about this story cause me to scratch my head. After all, I've been to 16 different countries...what ever made me choose to set the majority of this romance in a country I've never visited? Or when I'm married to a pilot and have spent a lot of time in the air, did I house one of my main characters in a sailboat. It's not only write what you know, but write what you want to know.
4. Doing NaNo and Weight Watchers in the same month is counterproductive.
5. Long walks are productive.
6. Peach Pleasure Jamba Juice smoothies are good rewards for slaving over a hot laptop.
7. Happy support and a wee bit of competition from all my NaNoing friends is a very, very good thing.
8. Writing every day is important. Writing is a muscle that gets stronger as it is worked and used.
If all goes well, I'll be sitting on top of 20,000 words by tonight...and a stack of luggage for a trip tomorrow. Writing on the road is fun, too.