NaNoWriMo Experiences

I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. My goal was to write 1667 words per day during a one-hour session each morning. This was too ambitious – not because I think it would be impossible to churn out 28 words a minute, but because I found it difficult to let go of the criticism. I weighed words, I spent much time perfecting sentences, and I thought much about what the story was going to be about.

I produced 1,589 words the first week.

Yesterday, I bailed out.

I realize I don’t have the time to write a novel this way right now. But the ideas I had are worth thinking about, and I want to turn them into fiction at a later time.

I learned that it is possible for me to write sitting on a train; I thought I needed quiet seclusion. I learned that writing (for me) probably has to happen in phases: think, draft, rewrite; I can’t think-write-rewrite simultaneously.

As for my story, I think I need to get a rough overall picture of the story, and then spew out a first draft to see what it looks like. Ingmar Bergman has said that the thinking part is fun, while the writing part is tedious.

The above was posted to my personal weblog on November 7, 2004. My name is Peter Lindberg and I am a thirtysomething software developer and dad living in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, you’ll find posts in English and Swedish about whatever happens to interest me for the moment.

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