13 Things Learned from NaNoWriMo 2011

December 1, 2011 at 5:54 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

I’ve been joining National Novel Writing Month (that masochistic long-haul writing exercise where you try to produce 50,000 words in the span of 30 days) since 2008, without ever having gotten past the 20k mark. I’d actually given up on ever completing it.

This year though, a couple of things went down differently – one, I decided to write a story which has, in bits and pieces, percolated in my head since I was 12 years old. This, as opposed to having little or no idea what the story would be about and just sort of hoping something interesting happens along the way.

Second, my friends put together a NaNoWriMo support group on Facebook, just to give us all a place to peer pressure one another to keep writing. This turned out pretty good for me, as my ego will not let me abide anyone having a higher word count than me.

The end result was this:

Yaaaaay.

So. Things learned (which may not apply to everyone who NaNos, but everyone is their own snowflake): Read the rest of this entry »

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