Sunday, 23 November 2008

The finishing line's in sight!

I'm heading into the final week of NaNoWriMo with a nice healthy word count behind me, which means I just have to manage a few hundred words a day to reach the 30 November deadline. The story's had its ups and downs and there'll be a lot of revision to do, but overall it's moved along well enough. The process has been hard, but enjoyable, plus it's amazing how liberating it can be to just write and not worry too hard about the internal editor sitting on your shoulder as you work. During the process I've often slipped into what Chris Baty in No Plot? No Problem! calls 'the zone' "that place where you become a passive conduit to a story" which "exercises your brain in weird, pleasant ways and just makes life a little bit more enchanted." Amen to that.

This has been my first NaNo experience, but I'm thinking it won't be the last.

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