Ten things I learned while doing NaNo this year...
I had a wonderful time writing my NaNo this year. I made it past the 18K I did last year by the first week and this astounds me. Never thought I'd be able to do it.
Here's what I learned while writing this year:
10- Coffee can aid in writing, it can also make you shake like a Chihuahua if taken in too large of doses.
9- Reading books on the Holocaust can ruin an afternoon.
8- Watching So I Married an Axe Murderer whilst reading books on the Holocaust can help.
7- Having a support group helps. I had Plot Bunnies online who helped me and a group I met with twice a week in person, which were all fantastic!
We are very serious writers, dammit!
6- When you are naturally a beta reader and a teacher, it is REALLY freakin' hard NOT to self-edit. I mean like.... REAAAAALLLLLLY hard.
(These panties are now on my Christmas wishlist BTW)
5- It is rather difficult to type with a 17 lb cat on you arm...
... but it is doable!
4- I write better when I have an outline and the Snowflake method is indeed a worthwhile method and I apologize to those that I scoffed at last year for doing it. I was wrong. (Write that down, it won't get said again for a looooong time.) Competition also helps me write... I can get 5K done in a night when challenged.
3- Wikipedia is a godsend... so is google and my friend, Elise, who is kind of a girlie Google bot.
2- I can describe the hell out of a sex scene, I mean thousands of words can just roll right out of me.
I am almost always prolific with the lemons... pun intended.
1- I can kill my two favorite characters in less that 800 words. And it took me nearly two days to get those 800 words out.
PS- that scene hurt a lot. I still haven't reread it.
And here's some of the songs that helped me write my NaNo:
and my new favorite song that is stuck in my head, but is my Henrik's theme song-