July 10, 2013

letter from camp - 7/10/13

Greetings from Camp NaNoWriMo!

I'm into my second week at camp and so far I have no complaints. With a smaller writing goal of 25,000 words, I find I still have time to take care of the other odds and ends in my life (like working full-time, house-hunting, packing and even cranking out a few DIY projects). I also have time to work on revisions for my debut novel and novelette.

With the smaller word count goal, there isn't as much pressure to post as high of a word count every day. I still aim for more words on the weekend, but I consider that gravy.  If I'm not able to get more than 1,000 words, or even the necessary 800, I don't beat myself up. I know as long as I keep making forward progress, I can play catch-up on another day. While I can't say I'm exactly Zen, I'm a lot more relaxed than I have been in other years.

I do still find myself having trouble sleeping some nights, which inevitably causes me to have a twitching eye the next day. Oh well.

Gotta stay organized.
Another thing I'm doing -- and this is so not in the spirit of NaNoWriMo -- I'm also self editing as I write. While I'm not taking great pains to ensure every word is exactly perfect, every day, I take a few minutes to look back at what I wrote the previous day. Using the Autocritter feature on Savvy Authors, I identify any words I might be overusing and I make sure I have the character names, traits and dialogue accurate before I move on.

With the exception of my forthcoming holiday short, this is the first time I've written a story and edited while I worked. Usually I'm in such a big hurry to crank out the words I don't care what I'm writing. I have to say... I like this better. I'm more self aware.

While I know I probably won't have time to do this come November when I do NaNoWriMo for the fourth consecutive year, I'm wondering if I shouldn't find some way to build in a bit of editing time as I go. It might not happen, but it's definitely something to work.

What do you other writers do? Do you edit as you work, or rush to finish and go back? Do you use a mix of both version?

With that, I'm off to do more writing. I'll be in touch again next week with another update. Take care.

Your friend,


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1 comment:

  1. I usually try to crank out the words on the page and fix them later. Since I am (strangely) ahead this July, I have the time to go back and edit - not sure whether I like it better yet or not.