Sifting NaNoWriMo for Gold
Are you signed up to NaNoWriMo this month? If you’re not, you’re about 12 days too late (get writing..). As you’ll see from the link, the idea is get 50,000 words written in 30 days. The benefit of this sort of crash writing is that you can’t edit as you go along.
I’m a huge fan of editing (not just because it keeps me in coffee and gin) but there is a time and a place for it – and that moment of white-hot inspiration when you’re in flow is not the time to be wondering about whether your sentence structure is perfect.
A couple of things I’d like to say to you NaNoWriMo-ers:
Firstly – and this is meant most sincerely – well done. You have moved from ‘I’ll write a novel one day’ to having written the bulk of one in a month. You’ve ignored dirty houses, screaming children, sleep (it’s for wimps) and done something amazing.
Secondly – when you get to the end of your month and you have your 50,000 raw words – what next? If you do nothing else, I would strongly recommend that you put it in a drawer for at least a month and let it fester. Come back to it with fresh eyes and you’ll be able to see what needs doing much more clearly. Also after a month of writing non-stop you probably need to wash, sleep, remind your family you’re alive etc etc.
I would like to extend an offer to anyone who successfully completes NaNoWriMo this year. If you sign up to my newsletter (box to the right – tick the option for blogs and news rather than just blogs), I will give you a special 10% discount on any of my editing packages that you book before the end of February 2013.
If you’d rather have someone look at what you’ve written straight away, I’m offering a special NaNoWriMo Sifting Service. I’ll read all 50,000 words and send you a two page report, outlining your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and including a plan for taking what you’ve written forward. This will cost £220 – again you’ll need to sign up – and will be valid for anyone who books before February 2013.
How’s NaNoWriMo going for you? (grunts are acceptable as comments..)
November 12, 2012