36 Days Remaining
In preparing for NaNo I've been reading strategies from other authors. One piece of advice that keeps coming up is not to edit. Just keep writing, let the words flow, free write.
That's just crazy!
I tried that last year. All those red lines made me angry. And don't say turn off that function. My brain knows they're there.
Nothing was more annoying than going through and having to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a 50,000 word manuscript. That's even if I find them. I'm going to make enough mistakes without letting the obvious go.
Now, that's not to say I'm going to revise. Revision is different. That's when you make sure your character has red hair throughout and you're staying in character ever scene. Revision will slow down the process.
I'm talking about all those pesky spelling and grammatical errors.
I hear people say it, but how many writers do you really think lets them go? Maybe you're one of them. More power to you, because I can't do that.
So maybe it makes my word count take longer, but in the end, I'm not angry because I have to go back and correct a bunch of stuff.
How about you? Are you a compulsive editor? Or can you let it go?
For an article on Self-Editing and Revising Click Here
It's only 42 days until November--at that means Spooks and Stories!
For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Nov1-30.
Last year I scraped it by. This year, I want to do it in a more organized fashion.
I'm hoping to get my work outlined and planned so all I have to do is write in November.
Come back later and see the progress.
I need to organize my house! Who doesn't, right?
My problem is I can't create more than chaos in the mess that calls itself home.
So, I've set myself up some challenges in both writing and cleaning.
I have submissions to complete, a novel to edit--that may end up with it's own page--and rooms to clean.
Donna Smallin said to clean the flat surfaces first, hence my Flat Surface Challenge.
Challenge for April 12-18
Writing: finish submission for BWG Anthology
Peer Review Article
Flat Surface Challenge:
Sunday: Creative Room Table
Monday: Bill Desk
Wednesday: Computer Desk
I'll see by Wednesday how it goes, along with maybe adding some outdoor challenges if weather permits.
I find that if I write them and toss them out for others to see, I'm more likely to do them.
How about you? Anything you wish you could make yourself do? Write it down and get on it!
See y'all Wednesday!