I haven’t been posting every day but I have been writing every day. There’s only been one day where I wrote but didn’t work on this novel. I’ll take it.
Learning a few things about myself and my writing as I get deeper into finishing this draft:
• I desperately need to learn the different between lay and lie (I had a cheat sheet at one point but I’ve lost it.)
• I also need to learn the difference between effect and affect.
• I need to write as early in the day as possible. My focus fades fast the more I get into my day.
• I am learning to write good enough for now. Good enough for this draft, this scene. Good enough to be able to come back and fix it up in the next draft.
• I am learning to use placeholders. Just put a random name in of a person or song or singer or street that I can then figure out later (with FIX IT in all caps after it). Don’t let “research” be an excuse to stop writing.
• I work best in 30-45 minute increments. Then I need to get up and do something for 15 minutes to get the energy flowing: yoga, browse the bookstore, play with the dogs or do some light household task.
• Accountability is key for me. I know that nobody really cares if I finish this draft or not, but since I declared that I would, I feel pressure to honor that.
• Planning for the next day is really helpful. I like to know when and where I plan to write and have little assignments ready to get me started.
• Mostly, I am learning to be my own personal cheerleader instead of constantly judging and criticizing my efforts. I mean, I am writing a novel! Another one, actually. Not many people do that. It is a huge deal. A huge commitment. It is helping me let go of the I-am-lazy story I tell myself and replace it with I-am-a-badass-writer-devoted-to-her-craft story.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, what are you learning about yourself? Your writing? Your process? I would love to hear!