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Today is April 16th and the Nervous letter N
In November I participated in NaNo.
In order to “win” a person has to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Now technically someone could write one word such as “it” 50,000 times and win since the submissions are not read, but what’s the fun in that?
I used the challenge as an opportunity to learn the ending of my current WIP, the Soul Collector’s Second Chance (formerly called the Misfits). I prepared sections of the story ahead of time so that I had a sort of plot line. I’m not a plotter but a panster (write by the seat of my pants) and I wasn’t sure how this technique would work.
It worked very well. I would select a section that I had outlined, and within that framework I just wrote. I selected sections somewhat at random and ended up with files called: Leftovers and Miscellaneous. The information in the two files would be incorporated another time when I figured out what to do with them. I came away with the most amazing scenes, dialogue and plot twists. I still did not amass sufficient words for a novel, but sometime, if I ever edit it, I do have the basis of a good short story. I have plot, sub plot a beginning, a middle and an ending.
That’s the other thing about NaNo by the way, you’re not supposed to edit as you write. So spelling, grammar, quotation marks, paragraphing are not the priority. Only the words.
I met my goal. Something that I never thought I could do.
Have you participated in NaNo? What did you think of the experience?
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