Repost: Why You Should Skip Nanowrimo by Zarah Parker


I have been struggling with the rewrite of my latest work in progress, My Identical Cousin. I wrote the first shitty draft last November for Nanowrimo. 50,000 words in thirty days. I managed to get to about 47,000 words, which is a decent length for a middle grade novel. I thought having this first draft done in thirty days was quite an accomplishment and a real head start in completing this book.

But the revision has not come together the way I thought it would, or as quickly. I came across this blog, The Memoir Of A Writer, read a current post and suddenly knew why.

This is the first time I’ve wanted to repost from someone else’s blog. But this one made so much sense to me. You may not agree. Perhaps your experience with Nanowrimo was different. If it was more like my ordeal, this post may make a difference.


One thought on “Repost: Why You Should Skip Nanowrimo by Zarah Parker

  1. George Williams

    Yes, Brix, I completely agree. To be a good writer, write. And write more. But write at your own pace, in your own style. Write til the cows come home. Then, when they’re home, write til they leave again.

    A good analogy is the person who wants to be a photographer, but only takes photography classes. In my experience, you carry your camera with you at all times, ready to shoot something perfect, something imperfect, something.

    Usta be that the writer carried a little notebook everywhere, ready to jot down the emerging idea. These days we have iPhones for that and it’s much better, because you can take notes and then a picture to help you edit your notes.

    Your on the path, so keep on truckin’.



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