So many of you know I loved this last year. I had so much fun writing a story idea I had during this month. Yes, it's a hot ugly mess, but it's much more than I've ever accomplished before. Learned a lot about the story, characters, and even myself in writing.
I had a blast! And can't wait to do it again. Can you tell I'm excited? This is me, as I and so syked to get started...
(Thank you Frodo, @1FantasyFanatic on Twitter, and of Frodo's Blog of Randomness for creating this clip together for me. This IS what I wanted!)
But I thought I'd stroll down memory lane from what I learned last year as I NaNo-ed. These are things I definitely want to do again as it worked well for me.
What I learned last year:
(if you would like to read my post on what I learned last NaNoWriMo)
1.) FRIENDS ~ Friends are a big thing when wee little people (and newbies like me) are crunching to get 50,000 words in just 30 short days. They make if fun, and help the momentum going forward. Also, they remind you NOT TO LOOK BACK. This is a forward movement run. At least for me it is.
2.) Sprints ~ Sprints helped me keep moving forward. I already have in mind, somewhere in that head of mine, what I want to do and I over think from time to time. Sprints kept me going, and kept things going in the story.
3.) When Stuck, DON'T STOP ~ This is huge. Don't give up because something doesn't piece together right. Skip ahead a little bit if need be, but keep going. Throw something stupid in. There's going to be tons to clean up when done, so don't fret over it. Jump ahead and fill that in later.
4.) FIX IT LATER! ~ This is one key to remember as I went through. For me NaNoWriMo was to get out the basic idea and story. I'll fix the story holes and editing later. Hell, I know it's going to need a complete re-write before editing, but this is the bare bones to start with and evolve later.
My last lesson, and is one I LOOOVE...
5.) When in Doubt, Kill your Character...or try ~ Oh, this got me through so many times last year. If I started to get bored with the writing and to humdrum, I tried to kill my character. You would be surprised what you learn from the 'other characters' reactions. Their personalities start to come to the surface, and keeps the story interesting for me. I like my action, and in my fantasies it works wonderfully.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As for the blog here...
I'm not going to be around much. I will warn you, I won't be visiting many blogs or even posting here much. I'll try to do a Monday Beginnings Post to check in with my friends. And I'll try to get scheduled the Throwback Thursday Posts so others can link up and continue even with me not around. If you want to find me, I'll most likely be around Twitter as that is where I meet up with a few Nano friends and write together.
If you are curious as to how Nano is going, I'll share it in the Monday Beginnings Posts I do. I also have a Nano numbers calendar on the left sidebar to show what my numbers are each day. The goal is 1,667 words a day to read 50,000 words by the end of the month. Last year I think I finished 4 or so days early, so I'm working for more than the daily goal.
So, yes, I'm excited to get back into NaNoWriMo and creating my own world again. :)