Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo 1: Just Write

The 30 days of literary abandon that is National Novel Writer’s Month brought with it a good share of enlightenment. One of the first things that I had to realize was, if I wanted to make the 50,000 word deadline, I had to let myself go and JUST WRITE.

Normally, when I write, I tend to be a perfectionist. I want my words to flow smoothly, with each word to have a nice impact on what I want to convey. I don’t like a lot of excess or purple prose, and I tend to go through what I write and clip out anything that feels unnecessary. It makes my prose pretty (and hopefully) more poetic….but…

3 days in I realized that it would take me a lot more than 3o days to write my quota if I was being a word snob. I then spent the rest of the month trying to allow myself to just write. By the end of the month, I could turn out a whole chapter without mentally flinching at the potentially lame sentences that peppered that day’s work. I relaxed a lot more, and allowed my words to flow without trying to censor them. The result was a more organic thought process, more words –

and a lot of potential editing!

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