Over the course of the last couple of months, I have discovered that writers and people who want to be published authors are weird, but in like the best possible way!
(And I should warn you that I am going to talk about NANOWRIMO again…)
The reason I say that writers are weird is because I learned some things about myself and other writers during my pre-NANO and NANO month.
First, I joined the NANOWRIMO Facebook page, and I find it amusing and reassuring.
It’s reassuring because there are other people who are going through the same struggles as a writer that I am, and it’s nice to be able to discuss it with someone who gets it. It’s also nice to “shout into the void” that is the internet and have someone get where you are coming from.
I say that it’s amusing because of the hilarious questions, comments, and memes that are posted about writing. I can’t tell you how many NANOers have posted about their questionable google search history. (The things you have to research as a writer are strange and horrifying).
Secondly, some things I learned about myself during NANOWRIMO:
- I write best between the hours of 8 – 11 pm. If I sat down to write during any other time of day, it was like pulling teeth. But during those hours, I could churn out words like a bad ass.
- I get more writing done if I have shoes on. WHAT! Apparently I don’t write well if I’m TOO comfortable.
- I don’t actually like to write at my desk; I prefer the dining room table.
- The tv can be on, people can talk, but NO MUSIC.
- I am not a planner. I am not a panster. I use what someone else called the “flashlight method.” I outline about 3-4 chapters at a time, and when I get to the end of that, I write another 3-4 chapter outline. Basically, shining the light into the dark so I can see, but only a little bit.
- I don’t like to talk about my story as I’m writing it to most people. When people asked me what I was writing about, I gave them a very vague answer. Only a few lucky ones get real details.
- I like to write dialogue, but have to struggle to write description.
- And the most important thing I learned — I can write a book. It’s not done yet, but it’s A LOT closer than it was.