Why Nano?

funny pictures & lolcats - oh hai i just straiten this line k

I am so swamped with email, and I'm not spending as much time on the computer since I'm writing this new book by hand. I have revisions already on the first 20 pages of Smoke. I'm DREADING next week.

I got the rankings of Gateway, and my two paranormals fell about the middle. As usual, Ghost Hunters got two high scores and a low. Vamp Hunters had all about the same. I also saw I'm a TOUGH judge. One entry finalled only after dropping my score, and I gave the lowest score on 2 other entries. No more contests for me for awhile.

Last year I had the most fun doing Nano. After a year of revisions, I let loose on a new story, one I’d done no preplanning on. I didn’t even have a hero in mind. The second day of November, I was still looking for him.

Two days later, I had him, and he was the villain.

This story would wake me up in the morning. I always had an idea to write (though not always in the order I wanted to write it) and I finished the book on November 27, with 50001 words.

During that time, I even had my folks here from Minnesota, and I’d let my house go, so had to spend a weekend cleaning.

I learned that counting words written gave me more of a sense of accomplishment than counting pages.

Did you Nano last year? What did you learn? Do you plan to do it this year?

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3 comments:

Jennifer Shirk said...

No NANO for me. But I AM trying to do the "70 days of Sweat" right now.

But at this point, I just have a light perspiration going. LOL! I need to do a little more work today.

Natalie Damschroder said...

I'm doing NaNo again this year. I hadn't planned to, but I just finished a book and am about to embark on a marathon of revisions so I want to write the next book first.

Last year's book was my favorite ever. I don't anticipate this one coming so easily, but we'll see. :)

MaryF said...

BWAHAHA, Jennifer!!!!! Good luck getting into it - it's always hardest to start!

Natalie, you really spurred me last year - I'm glad you're going to do it again!

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