As you may or may not have noticed, my blogging.. and reading.. is suffering from my participation in this Nano thing. But... I'm learning so much stuff! For instance:
- It's really really hard not to use adverbs! I like a good adverb now and then. It's also really hard not to use really! Or very.
- The whole time I'm trying to write there's a thing, a demon sort of thing in my head that is saying constantly "show don't tell, show don't tell, show don't tell."
- Those author people have been right all along.. the characters really DO take over!
- It's fun when you are on a roll and it's not fun when you come to slamming stop.
- It's very weird to get caught up in a story that's coming out of your own head. Very weird.
- Music helps. And so does chocolate.
- I am much more distracted by life and stuff happening around me when I'm trying to write than when I am trying to read. This is proving to be challenging.
- If they say "write what you know" then why am I ending up writing stuff I don't know? Why?
- Being aware of word count has been interesting. I'm finding that my normal sit down and write moments can get me to about 1000 words pretty easy...after that I have to push.
- Imagining someone else reading this stuff I'm writing makes me a little sick to my stomach with anxiety. How do the real authors ever get past this point?
- I feel like I'm writing a story that is very much a skeleton and it needs flesh and clothes so bad!
- If I were to actually peruse this, I'm going to need a writing group. Just sayin.
At any rate, the experiment has been fun so far! I still feel like I'm crashing a really big party, or playing at a very fun and interesting game. I'm a little worried about keeping up the momentum. I feel like I will run out of stuff to write before I ever come close to that 50,000 word mark. As of this blog post, I have about 21,800 words written. So I guess we'll see!
How are my other writing buddies doing? Any past participants have any great advice for me?