Well, I’m seven days into NaNoWriMo and I’ve learned a few things along the way already. I thought I’d share them with you this morning.
- 50,000 words is a LOT of words. I’ve written 13,000 words in seven days, and I feel like that’s pretty good. However I still have 37,000 words to go!
- It’s all about the numbers. You need to average 1,667 words a day to reach 50,000 by the end of the month. If you don’t hit that on one day, you’ll have to write more than 1,667 just to catch up. Miss two days, and it’s even worse.
- You will forget things – My main character acquired a sword, but for the next 5,000 words I forgot this little tidbit. I’ll have to fix that in the second draft.
- I’m learning how to write a novel. I’ve never come close to writing a novel before, but I’m learning so much about the process this month. It should be easier next time. I hope.
- I’m a writer – yes I feel comfortable finally calling myself a writer
- Writing a novel can be fun
- Writing a novel can be horrible
- I think this may kill me.
Oh, I forgot one: Writing via the computer is the way to go for me. I want to be one of those people who are able to write by hand in a notebook, and I tried that last year, but I realize I am not. It’s just too convenient to be able to write on the computer, knowing I don’t have to type all that stuff in for draft 2.