Friday, May 4, 2012

Today's Treat: 5 Things I Learned from NaPiBoWriWee (so far!)

Today's Treat is a Friday segment dedicated to helping writers 1) treat themselves like a writer by building confidence and craft and 2) putting themselves in situations where others will treat them as a writer to build community and connections.

Well, I am happy to announce that for the first time in a loooong time I feel like a writer!  I think it is safe to say that my slump is over.  With participation in NaPiBoWriWee this week I have broken through and have written a manuscript a day!  I wrote my 12x12in'12 April draft on Monday (which was the last day of the month, by the way).  On Tuesday, NaPiBoWriWee started and I wrote Manuscript #1, followed by Manuscripts #2 and 3 on Wednesday and Thursday consequetively.  What a rush to set a goal and accomplish it! 

Now I know that I have yet to complete Manuscripts 4-7, but I have today through Monday to do that.  What I want to focus on today, is what I have learned from NaPiBoWriWee so far.

5 Things I Learned from NaPiBoWriWee (so far!)

1)  Brainstorming is key!  Although my job does not always lend itself to writing manuscripts during the day, I have made sure to spend the entire day brainstorming on the story I want to write on that day.  Therefore, when I finally do have time to type it all up, it doesn't take as long.  In fact, two times this week I didn't open my laptop til 10pm, but was finished writing up my 550+ word drafts within an hour.

2)  My good ideas have not dried up.  I know its kinda silly to say, but sometimes I think that I will never have another good idea for a story.  And yet, each day this week I have started to write one!  And most of the ideas did not come to me til the night before.

3)  A draft is a draft.  As hard as it is to stop line editing every two seconds, it is important to just "pound out" the draft.  Don't worry about too much description or being too wordy.  Focus on the plot: beginning, middle and end.  Also, focus on developing fun characters that the readers will care about.  Once you have all of this you can deal with revisions later.

4)  I love to write.  There are plenty of times when I wonder if I even want to be a writer anymore.  Sometimes it just seems daunting and tedious.  But, you know what?  I do!  I love writing!  Just getting back to that basic is so priceless. 

5)  Accomplishing a goal is an energizing feeling!  I have been feeling so blah lately.  But not anymore!  Thank you, NaPiBoWriWee!


  1. I'm so glad the challenge is working for you...I wish I had the time. Maybe next year! Keep up the good work. You can do it!


  2. This challenge makes me realize how much I love to write too. Almost can't wait to sit down and get started! Thanks Marcie!

  3. Great post. You call it brainstorming, I call it Mind-Writing. Either way, it's a critical part of the development of every story AND saves a lot of time. Good luck in the rest of the challenge!

  4. Congrats! Good piece of advice with the brainstorming, I need to do more of that before I sit down to write.

  5. I agree with everything you said! Great minds think alike :) Glad it's going so well for you! :) I've got 3 more to do to reach the finish line, and I'm actually looking forward to next week when I can start revising, editing, polishing :)

  6. I like all your points, but especially "a draft is a draft." I wish I could turn off my internal editor. Good luck with the final home stretch!

  7. I am so glad napibowriwee is over - EXHAUSTING!!!
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