Wednesday, December 1, 2010

[#NaNoWriMo] Not a Loser

November passed and with it died two things. NaNoWriMo and a whole lot of mustaches [go figure out what I mean]. I’m surprised that with what has been going off-screen I’ve managed to hit the big 50K, something which I doubted highly, until I found my first draft crutch, but I won’t be talking about tools today. So I won NaNoWriMo [see the magnificent badge I have here in this post and on my blog] and I discovered a lot about myself as a writer.

The wordcount: 50,057 words [I admit that I let myself go the third week and had to seriously make up for it, which is why my wrist hurts]

Nothing as a very tight deadline makes you experiment and also observe your behavior as you write that first draft. Even self-imposed, private deadlines don’t give the opportunity to learn about your writing habits, strengths, weaknesses and crutches. NaNo is effective, because you make a public commitment that keeps you busy and a short enough time frame to see how you react to road blokes or as I like to call it: subconscious self-sabotage [in short, the three S’s].

But I will spare you the process porn until Friday.

Right now, remains the question, whether I will try this next year. I’m definitely sure. With my new writing tool [Write or Die] I’m confident I will rock it next year.


T.S. Bazelli said...

Congrats on rocking Nano! For a little while there I didn't think you'd make it, but you squeaked in before the deadline. :D Would be great to hear what you learned from this experience. I've never nano'ed before, maybe I will next year.

Harry Markov said...

Yeah, next year you may have to do it. Hopefully we will do it together and then I will have to kick your ass every time. BOOYA!

Anyway, wait for Friday.

ediFanoB said...

Awesome Harry! Really awesome.
Congratulations. It is quite impressive what you are doing. I'm more than happy when I write more than one post per week.

Harry Markov said...

It's actually nothing. I know people who sit down and write 90,000 words a month, which is far more impressive than mine measly and very uncoordinated 50,000 words.