So Camp NaNoWriMo is going along pretty well. I’m actually relieved to be able to say that. I admit to myself it isn’t great prose but, and this is a big but, it is words on paper (electronically speaking…err typing…whatever).
I like Anne Lamott‘s term: a shitty first draft*. Because it really is going to be shitty. On the other hand, revising it will be an adventure unto itself. And I’m usually up for an adventure. Usually.
I do have a piece of advice, something you’ve probably heard a million and one times: do NOT, under any circumstances, edit. Period. Nope. Nada. Zilch. Your inner editor will make you crazy. Trust me, you do not want to end June wrapped in a straight jacket and typing with your toes.
Instead, make a note of what changes you want to make at the point you think of them and then write like they’ve already been made. The good thing about this is:
1. You have a note to yourself to make those changes during revision.
2. Your inner editor’s mouth has been duct-taped.
3. The notes can be included in your word count as they are, technically, a part of the story.
4. You can make changes on a moment’s notice without worrying about going back and making all those changes while still trying to keep to a minimum word count for the day.
So, my dears, how goes the writing? Any other pieces of wisdom to add for NaNoWriMo induced shitty first drafts?
* Sorry about the potty mouth. It’s actually the title of the third chapter in Anne Lamott’s book, bird by bird**. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have used foul language. I promise.
** I totally recommend this book.
- Perfectionism and Shitty First Drafts (thedailycreativewriter.wordpress.com)
- Saving myself bird by bird (outsidethelaw.net)
- a writer’s reading: “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott (annaonthepage.wordpress.com)
- My Shitty First Draft (ekcarmel.wordpress.com)