I did it! Yay, me! I am so excited. I wrote 50,000+ words in this summer’s Camp National Novel Writing Month. This is my second time being successful.
Here are a few things I’ve learned from the experience:
1. You really do need to just sit down and write. Nothing like a 50,000 word goal to make the words flow!
2. You can change course at any time. It’s your story, tell it like you want to.
3. It’s hard not to edit as you go with the automatic spell check I have on my computer.
4. Music is a writer’s best friend. At least this writer.
5. Goals are good.
6. You need writerly friends to commiserate with.
7. No one but you will be really excited when you finish writing unless it gets published.
8. Look everywhere for inspiration.
9. If a piece of the story isn’t working out, fake it. You can make changes later.
10. You’ve got to keep going after you write 50,000 words to write an actual novel.