Well, stalkers. I have to say, this Nano was quite the endeavor.
This was my second nano event and I made it with one minute to spare.
That’s right, guys.
One whole minute.
I didn’t think I would make it there for a second. But with my lovely writer friends cheering me on, I managed to grind out the last thousand words I needed to finish.
Can we just like, hurl chocolate and confetti now? And maybe a few coffee beans? Thanks. *dances in all the things*
I learned a lot of things during this nano camp, and I will now sum up a few. I already have ideas for some other posts going in depth of some of these, but here’s just a summary.
1: What works in one draft won’t necessarily work in another.
When I started this thing on April first, I was like, “oh yeah, this’ll get me motivated. This will make me edit, and I can totally do 70k in 30 days. Easy peasy.”
I didn’t realize how much more time edits took. While in the first draft, 70k would probably have been doable, it was completely impossible in this second draft. And I had to bump down my goal a whole stinkin’ 30k words. Which I don’t regret, but still. That’s a big difference.
2: Editing is terrible.
Yeah, I already knew that, but Nano just kind of reminded me. I am going to take a nice break from my WIP for a bit, and I have no desire to edit right now. Like, I just want to go read. Please just … NO EDITING. DON’T MAKE ME EDIT. NOOOOO.
3: Second drafts are not going to be perfect.
Yeah, I’m still struggling with this one. I want to get it right, but I already know that’s not happening in this draft. Which means I might have to postpone giving this book to betas till later. *heavy sigh* I’m really not sure yet.
4: Writer friends are the best.
Yeah, I already knew that. *is saying yeah way to many times* *is also tired*
I regret nothing.
5: If you put on headphones and blast the playlist for your WIP, anything is possible.
At 10:30, after a hard night when I was ready to go to bed, I came in to the computer and sat down. I had an hour and thirty minutes … and three thousand words to pound out. I was rewriting mostly, also. I was able to copy paste a little bit at the end and touch that up, but most of those words were new and fresh from my fingertips.
I’m telling you, music works wonders guys. Any Spotify lovers here? *looks around hopefully*
6: It’s okay not to like your book a little bit.
I’m so frustrated with my WIP right now. I’m so mad. Like, why can’t you just be perfect, book? Why do you require so much effort? But complaining doesn’t get much done, so …
7: Sudoku is a life saver
Seriously guys. It’s great bribery to grind the words out. And also a great “brainstorming” excuse.
8: Coffee is life
But we all already knew this, didn’t we? XP
Okay, I’m done now.
9: Editing is dangerous.
Yup. I said it. Editing is dangerous.
You have to be careful.
No, I don’t mean go into your second/third/fourth/etc. draft afraid. But you do want to watch out. There are so many ways to write just one little scene, and if you aren’t confident in the way you've chosen to do something, it’s all too easy to just rewrite it and change it up again. I’m planning a post which I will probably publish this Saturday about the Woes of Editing and I’ll go into more detail about this point.
But yes, I did complete Nano, but just barely! And my stats were quite wobbly, unstable things.
How are you guys? Still alive? Did you finish Nano? Did you not finish Nano? How do you feel?
Also: I went and ate a pickle after I received my lovely winner’s certificate. I would have gotten ice cream, but I was tired and it was all the way downstairs, and I’d already had a cupcake earlier that night so … *heavy sigh* Trying to be somewhat healthy hear.
POINT BEING: what is your celebratory food after accomplishing a great writerly thing?
*showers all the people in chocolate and hands out warm mugs of coffee and hot cocoa*