Sunday, 4 November 2012

NaNo Day 4: 10K, Puzzle Pieces

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Whatever happens to this story, I've already found my first attempt at NaNoWriMo very enlightening. It's a method. It's learning a new skill. It's looking at the writing process in a wholly different manner. It's not only staying with one story for a while, thinking about it while you do the dishes, brush your teeth and before you fall asleep, but also letting it take over, providing you with clues, thoughts and ideas, spurred on by just about anything. I love it!

I've decided not to write a blog entry for every single NaNo day - not unless there's something to share. Yesterday, on day 3, I decided to devote some of my time to construct a plan for a certain number of chapters and the things that I had come up with so far that needed to happen in a particular order. I got to chapter 13 before realising I still didn't know how it would end just yet.

Today, I had one of those lightbulb moments and finished what looks like to be an okay chapter division. And when I say 'okay', I mean nothing more than okay. Because at the same time that I'm writing this chapter planning, I realise that right now, the only thing that counts - from a NaNo perspective - is to get 50,000 words together. And right now, I realise that in typing 50K, I will probably manage to get a really rough draft of a story that will include the main plot ideas but need so much polishing and editing later, that it might look wholly different by the time I'm done.

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