By the time you read this, I’ll be knee-deep in Nanowrimo.
I wrote my first (now well and truly trunked) novel during Nanowrimo, and ever since then, Nano has been a time to try new things in my writing. There’s something about the idea that it’s only a month that seems made for experimentation. Write thick? That’s nano experiment. Write in a new genre? Nanoexperiment. And this year is no different. I’m going to be focusing on writing a clean, tidy first draft.
I’ve been prepping the hell out of it this year, in hopes of coming up with a smoother, more linear, chronologically oriented first draft. Yes, that’s always on my wishlist, and yes, I always feel like I fall short. Try, try again.
Everybody does the same amount of work… (Brandon Sanderson sez)…. it’s just that some of us do it at the beginning, and some of us do it at the end. Okay. Makes sense to me. And I don’t really love revising. Why shouldn’t I move some of that work to the beginning, and cut down on the revising part?
I’m probably going to be writing about twenty five days, and my outline gives me twenty-two boxes with story-structure elements in them to fill out. Voila! Organization!
It feels completely unnatural and wrong, and to be fair, I’m not sure I can do it. Maybe I really am a part of the write now, revise until your eyeballs bleed later club.
But Nano is the time for magical experimentation, and sometimes… just sometimes… it actually works.
Wish me luck!