Hi all. I'm not participating in NaNo this year, but in honor of everything November means to all of us writers - and to those happy few who are racing toward 50K by 11:59pm on 11/30/12 - I've decided to re-post my NaNo Pitfall posts from 2009.
Here's the first (and please note this is the year when I first wrote Djinnocide, so you'll see a few references to those characters and whatnot - even though some of them have changed):
NaNo Pitfall #1 - do not go back and read what you've already written.
so I opened the file this morning to get some words written, and for
grins I decided to read some of the beginning of this book. I found a
few typos, which I fixed. Not a problem. Then I found a bit of
worldbuilding that I have since differed from. Umm. Crap.
my brain is so busy worrying about how I'm going to fix this that I
can't think about where I was supposed to take the story next.
Seriously. And what's worse is, I knew better. I know if I start
finding flaws in the story, I'm going to want to go back and fix them
all before I continue. It's a thing about me. It's also why I've
learned to write the way I do - straight through, no stopping and no
Yes, at the beginning of the book Nigel (a
minor character whose name is going to be changed) doesn't know what the
hell is going on any more than Jo (the MC) does. But in the later
chapters, he's part of the group that's known all along and has been
keeping it a secret. Sooo, I either need to fix the beginning or I need
to fix this middle part.
Deep breaths. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
I really need to do is forget I ever saw that flaw and forge ahead.
The story is going great so far, and whatever Nigel does ultimately
doesn't matter to the crux of the plot. (Unless I make this into a
series, and then Nigel's crucial to the plot that would carry over
several books.) Regardless, I need to tuck this flaw into its proper
place and fix it later.
Remember folks, you can always
go back and fix afterwards, but you can't fix what isn't written. So
just write. Damn it. (That last part was for me, btw.)
And thus ends our brief neurotic break. We now return you to your regularly scheduled psychoses. ;o)
(Go here for the original post so you can see the comments people made there.)
PS. Nigel became Basil and I did fix the flaw.