NaNoWriMo: T –11 Days ~~~~~Four Wisdoms

Here are excerpts from Baty’s four wisdoms gained that first year of NaNoWriMo.

1. Enlightenment is Overrated – “…I had high hopes of delaying any novel writing attempts until I was older and wiser, and had achieved a state of complete literary enlightenment. …Having written a not-irredeemable novel as a twenty-six-year-old made me realize that ‘sooner’ definitely trumps ‘later’ when it comes to writing. Every period in one’s life…bustles with novel-worthy passions, dilemmas, and energies specific to that age. …With each passing era, a new novel is possible.” (pp. 15-16)

2.  Being Busy is Good for Your Writing – “A rough draft is best written in the steam cooker of an already busy life. …noveling in the midst of a chaotic life makes ‘book time’ a treat rather than an obligation. It’s a small psychological shift, but it makes all the difference in the world.” (pg. 17)

3.  Plot Happens – “If you spend enough time with your characters, plot happens. …Ray Bradbury said it best: ‘Your intuition knows what it wants to write, so get out of the way.'” (pp. 17-18)

4.  Writing for It’s Own Sake Has Surprising Rewards – “…writing a novel simply feels good. …No matter what your talent level, novel writing is a low-stress, high-rewards hobby. …The single best thing you can do to improve your writing is to write. Copiously.” (pp. 18-19)

Baty, C. (2004). No Plot? No Problem!. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

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For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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