11 Lessons from NaNoWriMoWritten by Catherine Rankovic
1. Fiction writing is addictive.
2. Some days writing is better than others.
3. A piece of yourself must go into each of the characters or they are not interesting.
4. Characters really do come alive and start dictating what they want to do.
5. Can't be scared of the stratospheric numbers: word counts, pages, number of characters, number of chapters. . .
6. The great tasks of composition and revision are nothing but work. Work is all they are.
7. Those pages and pages of dialogue were the characters defining themselves.
8. Write anything; worry about it later.
9. While you're drafting, go there. Just go there.
10. Write the cliche (example: the harried, worrywart suburban mom) and then give her one of your own traits or values. Suddenly she's real.
11. The fourth dimension of any novel is its moral dimension.
Is what I wrote any good? Of course not. It's a draft. Drafts aren't good. Drafts are the first step on the way to making it good.
The time and trouble was worth it. Now I understand novelists better than before.
Writer, with 30+ years' writing and publishing experience, 20+ years' teaching experience. Last book read: Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clinton.
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Friday, 07 December 2012 13:36
posted by Kim
Number 9-- I've been working on some fiction and yesterday I decided that I needed to add in more *big* conflict and see which things stuck. I wrote "What's the Worst that Can Happen?" on a piece of paper and taped it to the wall, took out my master outline, and started making it so. Good times! :-)
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