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Lessons for the Aether: National Novel Writing Month

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A strange post today, for it is All Hollow’s Eve as well as the day before National Novel Writing Month. What makes it even weirder is that if there is a time and place to learn about writing and what it takes to be a writing, NaNo is it. So what lessons can be drawn from NaNoWriMo:

  1. Can you write under pressure? Sure 30 days to crank out 50,000 words may not seem like much, but the self-imposed datelines due pile on. The day count exceeds the word count and you find yourself scrambling to catch up.
  2. Writing is a lonely process but that doesn’t mean that you are alone. What makes NaNo great is the sense of community. Thousands chugging away at their manuscripts and sharing wild stories with each other.
  3. The first draft is only the beginning. 50k is barely a novella, not to mention all the typos, unconnected ideas and just wild scribblings you created just to keep up with the daily count. Let it cool down and then go back to it when you have the time.
  4. Just write. That is the central lesson that everybody learns in November. There is no book until you write it, so write it already.

There are many more lessons to be drawn from this wild time, lessons about writing, writers and life itself. Each writer has his own story to tell and this is the time to tell them.


One comment on “Lessons for the Aether: National Novel Writing Month

  1. I love NaNo for all the things you can learn from it and for the reset it gives me every year.

    Happy crazy month of writing!


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