Thursday, November 1, 2007

Nano - The journey begins

It's 10:30 PM and I've got to go to bed. After a rough night last night I don't have the stamina to stay up and write liked I'd originally planned. The end of my first day of NaNoWriMo finds me with 2,270 words and four revelations:

1. I am such a NOVICE! I can recognize so many flaws.
2. When forced to just write without continually going back and editing I find I have a horrible habit of much more tell than show, not what I would have guessed my greatest weakness to be. There is much revision to be done.
3. Good characterization is hard. Heck, bad characterization takes effort.
4. Despite my abundance of inadequacy, I like doing this.

My first chapter didn't pan out the way I had envisioned it, but we'll see what happens. I can tell you that I won't be giving up and that I'm excited to see my writing improve. Writing big long stuff is different than writing little short stuff.

To bed, to bed.


SzélsőFa said...

It surely is a great experience. The word count is impressive for a first day, I think.

strugglingwriter said...

That's a great start. I'm glad you're having fun.

J. C. Wells said...

On the contrary, becoming aware of the flaws is a sign you're growing as a writer.

Hoodie said...

Szelsofa and Strugglingwriter - thank you for the encouragement; every little bit helps.

Jaye - That's a good point! Helpful to my psyche. After reading it back this morning I find that certain aspects may not be as bad as I thought last night.

Church Lady said...

Keep going! You're off to a terrific start!!

Hoodie said...

Thanks, Church Lady.

Beth said...

I've completed a novel and am on my way to completing another and it is VASTLY different than writing short stories, but I think you have talent so am glad you are pursuing it.