Read six posts written in response to the same prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.
Before I forget, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Also because today’s task is only to read and comment, I figured I will (finally) blog about my writing plans for April.
Before today, I haven’t posted anything even remotely related to Camp NaNoWriMo because I was still undecided as to whether or not I’d participate this year. April is a busy month. It’s even busier when you throw in trying to write a novel in 30 days.
I’m going to declare right here, right now my participation in NaNoWriMo.
Remember it isn’t about “winning” or writing 50,000 words. The process matters more than the final product and if you’re enjoying the process, everything else will fall into place.
Just a heads-up, I might get a little obsessed with Camp NaNo. If that’s all I talk about next month, you have been warned.
With Camp NaNoWriMo approaching in 4 days, I figured I would help those of you who are participating in the way that I know best. Advice-giving via this blog.
So before you plunge into the beautifully daunting task of writing a novel, remember:
Write first. Edit later.
Now I know I’ve preached the above before, but it’s still a great piece of advice to follow. Even better, it applies to just about every writing project you’ll ever undertake. Besides, you can’t edit nothing. So get the words on the paper. Worry about how everything sounds after. You have thirty-one days to write. You have all the time in the world to edit. A mild exaggeration there.
Obviously, I don’t expect you to follow everything I say or preach. You aren’t a child or a dog. You’re a writer. And hopefully, soon, you’ll be a novelist.
Dear Prospective NaNoWriMo-ers,
NaNoWriMo is about finishing your novel. It’s not about finishing it well.
A writer who’s been there and done that.
What I Planned On Doing:
- Write a novel or two
- Start a Twitter account
- Read as many books on my summer reading list as possible
- Keep a diary for a month
- Perfect my aerial (a.k.a. a cartwheel with no hands)
What I’ve Done So Far:
- Thought about writing a novel and abandoned all my ideas
- I actually did make an account on Twitter today. Yay me. Share your ideas about writing and blogging with me: @hermina_chow22, http://www.twitter.com/herminia_chow22
- Tried to find the books on my summer reading list at my public library to no avail
- Procrastinated and told myself I’ll keep a diary in August
- Made many fail attempts at getting my side aerial
Perhaps, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions that I never seem to keep…I will make resolutions halfway through the year and potentially keep some of them.
My Summer Resolutions:
- Post every day on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter for the rest of the summer. If one day I fail to do so, kindly point that out for me.
- Learn more, read more, know more, and do more so I can write more.
- Love what I write. Or as I like to call it, “STOP HATING, STOP CRITICIZING, AND START LOVING MY WORK.” This one might be the hardest one for me unfortunately.
- Start living more in the moment. Stop living in the past. Stop worrying about the future. It’s my summer for crying out loud.
- Keep doing what I’m doing for myself and no one else.
One last note: does anybody find it hard not to go over Twitter’s character limit? Or is it just me?