No No Nano

November 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Good luck out there to all the folks giving NaNoWriMo another go.

I took a crack at it a while back when it was in its second or third year and I wasn’t doing much other writing. Made it to about 16,000 words, I want to say, before I got too self-conscious to move forward. I ended up getting into an argument with my protagonist, only because that amused me more than writing the story.

It’s just not suited to the way I work. I need voice to propel the story forward, and voice is not shaped by spilling words with no discretion onto the page. If anything, quite often it is shaped by what is left unsaid.

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