56,356 words ago, she was just a rough idea. I thought I knew what the gestation process would be like but, really, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It’s been a mirror, a joy ride, a terrifying free fall. But she’s alive and kicking and I’m happy as a clam.
The Ten things I learned through NaNoWriMo:
- I can’t spell worth shit (still) but luckily MSWord can.
- Breathing out (creation) is as important as breathing in (observation)—can’t do one without the other—and the moments of transition from one to the other are terrifying and magical.
- Trust your characters to guide the way. Trying to force them to go where I wanted them to go lead to temper tantrums (theirs) and writer’s block (mine).
- The world is magical if you take the time to look, full of weird, wonderful synchronicity.
- A first draft is not the same as the finished product, but you can’t have the latter unless you’re willing to make room for the former.
- It’s much easier to take wild adventures with a little bit of support.
- Perfectionism really is the enemy.
- Sitting and typing for hours will seriously shorten your psoas.
- Letting the story unfold on it’s own consistently creates something better than what I’d originally imagined.
- Play really is a path to power. Laughter is healing. Ridiculous goals can inspire. Imperfection is rich.
So I’m officially a 2008 NaNoWriMo Winner and I couldn’t have done it without you. Deep thanks to everyone who emailed, Facebooked, became a “supporter” on the blog, posted comments, asked about my word count, or just sent out the love through the ether. I couldn’t have done it without you! I mean that.