I learned that I am indeed a plotter (duh) and that treating each work like a project will give me the best results. This is not really much of an epiphany since I am a born organizer and work as a project/program manager type person.
One new think I picked up is that if I find that I am stuck on something that is related to plot if I review the goals and fears of the characters who are in the scene I can often find a reasonable path through the problem. It may not be the best path, but it gets me past the stuck point with some continuity. Leslie
quote:Really? How far was yours off? When I uploaded to Nano, the two readings were only off by 75 or so words
850 words, would you believe! It counts things like * as a word, which doesn't help, though I still don't know how it managed to be so far off. It certainly made the last 15 minutes of NaNo exciting for me .
I could have written more, I wasn't exactly a symbol of time-management, but I don't think NaNo is entirely suited to my writing method either. Maybe if I'd known about it earlier than the 29th of October and had time to plan I would have made more progress, consequently I ended up doing a lot of paper-and-pencil scribbling and outlining instead of typing.
I'll proudly be a member of the NaNo losers club though, and I got a good start on this novel I can continue working on in the coming months.
No excuses really. Work and life got in the way a bit is all. It did lead to me getting a really good idea for some characters though and I realized I was writing too far in their future. Congrats to everyone that made it though. That's awesome.