I sure hope I'm not the only one crazy enough to sign up during this chaotic time in my life !
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect
"Sometimes it takes a good fall to know where you really stand."
DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs
I edit often for clarity.
This is my fourth year doing it. I've finished the last three years. My biggest advice is not to get behind. I find it "painful" to try and catchup.
Also, I don't have a problem getting to the 25,000 mark. It's 25,000-40,000 that I struggle with. Last year I started a little reward system for myself. at 25,000 words I had cheesecake. Then every 5,000 words after I had another "reward."
I'm still working on my rewards this year.
All my posts are edited - I hate typos. :)
If you haven't yet read No Plot, No Problem, go get it. It will help give you encouragement.
For those that have done this before, do you have any tips for us noobs?
Sit down and do it. Don't tell yourself you'll catch up later.
Don't edit as you go. Just write, even if it sucks. Go back and fix it after you gained ground or finished.
Don't edit as you go. Just write, even if it sucks.
Thanks for the tips!
I would have loved to do it before all this
Stephen King's On Writing is a great resource, too.
Second, don't edit. The whole point of it is to just write and get it out. One year I had a point of view shift that would be confusing in a published novel. Look at it like a rough draft. It bothered me to not edit, but I just kept on writing.
Someone at a write-in I attended had a major time span problem. He was doing flashbacks or something and his main character would have been the same age as his grandparents. There wasn't time to go back and adjust the years so he just kept on typing away and fixed it in December.
Give yourself a small reward. See my post above about my small rewards. It helps me.
If you do get behind, good luck! Don't try to catchup all at once. I just try to add an extra couple hundred words a day until I catch up.
Every year I hit a snag where my characters keep doing something where there is a low point. Usually it happens when I'm tired. One year my characters kept "shrugging." Another year there was a lot of "blinking blankly." Can't wait to see what they start doing this year.
ETA: Those of us who attend a weekly write-in also have characters we throw in if we really get stuck. Usually they make no sense to the story, but can get the creativity flowing and add a few hundred words to your daily count. One year, it was Smurfs. I was stuck with my character in the house and nowhere else to go. So I threw in a scene about Smurfs being her only friend as a child. It actually added a lot to my character's backstory. Last year it was trolls. I tossed a troll in and suddenly I had a love story that let me write 5,000 words on a Saturday.
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If anyone's interested, here's the beat sheet:
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