Today, I accomplished my goal of writing 50,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo!
Things didn’t go as planned:
- I’d started Camp NaNoWriMo with a fresh new outline of Mirror of Sparrows, and I envisioned myself writing a complete first draft based on that outline. What a convenient vision!
- About half way through, I realized that my outline had some major flaws. Oh well.
- I started deleting and rewriting major chunks; I thought there was no way I was going to make my goal. I was very sad : (
Unexpected friendships and support:
- I discovered a wonderful writing community.
- On days when I really didn’t know if I could write #nanowordsprints made all the difference in the world.
- Thank you @_voxveritasvita for encouraging me to stop deleting and just keep writing. Your time management skills, productivity and thoughtfulness inspired me.
- I now love Twitter.
- NaNoWriMo was a great opportunity to experiment with point-of view.
- I tried writing chunks in first person, and had so much fun doing it: I discovered that words flow fast for me when I write in 1st POV and its much easier to go really deep with the characters.
- In the end, I decided to stick with third person. Though many YA novels are in first, I enjoy reading the third perspective more. Go figure.
- Now, I have lots of fresh material and ideas for a new outline! Back to where I started!
- I realize that some of you, especially those of you who care deeply for me, are concerned about the amount of rewriting I’m doing. Please don’t worry about me; I love it!