NaNoWriMo in July: post mortem.

Things I’ve noticed through the writing process.

  • Once I get started, I can’t stop. Good thing NaNo is confined to set times, so I can confine my own writing. RL right now is too busy for me to be writing throughout the year. I think my “serious” stories like “Killing the Dragon” will be during NaNo. “Old Man’s Journey”, which is much more casual, will be the daily/weekly/monthly exercise.
  • Writing requires formidable discipline. Just like everything else. I have a pretty scattered attention span about EVERYTHING, but if I put my mind to it I can focus like a laser. Setting a timer helps. 15 minute sprints help. Break the time down into small chunks.
  • I’m not a fast writer, even though I am a fast typist. I can’t really word-vomit. I have to mull over things, and make it all count. And this is not because of inner editor. I have to distill down the 3-d imagery, the sensorium, into linear sentences, which is not an easy thing to do. (I’ve written about how hard this is for me before on LJ.) So I’m a bit uncertain whether I can reach full NaNo daily levels unless I have a serious plan and know what is roughly ahead at every step. I know the point is not necessarily to win NaNo, just to write… but I’d like to see whether I can win it.
  • Writing stamina still needs to develop. I have hit 1000+ words/day for several days, but I go through swings and dips. (Partly because of RL schedule.) Writing in fits and starts while riding PT, in lunch breaks, is not too conducive to flow, those were generally the low days. I need 3-4 hours at a stretch to hit my stride and make it to 1000+ / day.
  • So… what next with Strange Music manuscript? I think I’ll take a stab at traditional/small press publishing. I mean, why not. Aim for the highest thing out there (in my case, small press would be amazing). If that fails, there’s still self publishing route.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *