NaNoWriMo – Week 1

So the first week of NaNoWriMo has come and gone.  I hope everyone’s off to a great start.

Mine was a bit of a roller coaster.  I started right at midnight on November 1st with a NaNoWriMo party that a friend had put together.  It was a lot of fun with pizza galore.  Then as midnight rolled around and we all got to work, I started to get really tired.  It had already been a long day for me, and what pages I wrote by hand were gibberish.

So I started again the following night, earlier in the evening, but it just wasn’t working for me, even after I made the switch from handwriting my project to typing it out directly on my computer.  And then I re-restarted because I was trying to remember what I wrote way back before NaNoWriMo.  This was a draft of the project that I had tossed out along with even the outline.  It felt like watching a movie and then reciting every line of it when all you really remember are the major events.

One thing I’m doing differently about this second (or third or fourth) go at the story is that I’m writing it as a script.  This is a suggestion I picked up from a Chuck Wendig post about various ways to prep your story.  Of all the suggestions Wendig made about outlining stories, scripting is the one that makes the most sense because it boils a story down to dialogue and action, and nothing else.  Internal dialogue and imaginatively descriptive language can be elaborated later when translating the script into prose.

Plus, I’ve got a Celtx account, so I might as well use it, right?

I also made a series of live video broadcasts on Facebook each night during my writing sessions that I’ve fallen in love with.  I think a live writing session is a great way to connect with people and motivate them in real-time.  I’m trying to keep up with it every day throughout NaNoWriMo.  After November, I’d like to make a habit of it either weekly or at least monthly.

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