EDIT 10/31/12 - I've edited this piece to streamline it and make it flow a bit better. I also had the pleasure of meeting several people from NaNoWriMo a couple weeks ago and they're going to publish this on their website soon!
This is brilliant. Would pasting a white sheet of paper over the monitor help with blindfolding Mr. Editor? Sure can't read anything, but if anything happens while typing, at least the blurry image of pop-up messages are still somewhat visible through the paper.
I am so glad I happened across your article! This is my first attempt at NaNoWriMo and was considering giving up as I was no where near my goal. After reading this I see several pittfalls I have tripped and fallen into. I may not make the 50,000 word mark this year but I know I'll be better prepared for next year. Thank you for shareing your time and knowledge!
This is very well written, and a very interesting read indeed. I am sure of its effectiveness and functionality, I'm just not sure it would really save one the edit Although it would be a different edit, that's for sure.
Good advice for NaNoing or simply just getting the story down any time. This is my process generally -- to just let it flow, halting as infrequently as possible to make sure I'm on track and saying what I mean.
Yup, I've been likewise shafted. But it would never occur to me to be a shafter. If I commit to something I follow through. Anytime you need me, just ask.
Also, if it's within your power to do so, please nudge people over to my (sadly unnoticed) gay rights/ marriage theme on #TheControversy. All genres of lit (and art) are welcome. Entrants don't have to be members.
Congrats on the DD! It was well deserved, and so true. Out of all of these, my biggest problem is actually allowing myself to move on and write another scene instead of being stuck somewhere for HOURS. I think I've done good this year though, I've hit 20k and most of it is dreadful. But you're making me feel less bad about it. Thank you~
If only you wrote this last year. This is my second time trying nano my last try was foiled by my inner Editor telling me 'That was horrible, go back and make it better.' Wonderful advice, I am so going to do it this time.
Fantastic guide! I'm not participating in NaNo, but I tend to write lengthy fanfictions (that could be about the length of a novel). I've recently been struggling with one monster of a story that's 14 chapters in (each chapter being at least 5,000 words, which in my eyes is a bit puny) and not even halfway finished. I've been angsting over the editing because there is so much to do, and beforehand I hadn't edited the chapters as I wrote them...just kept cranking them out. I've found I've hit a rut BECAUSE of re-reading and seeing how awfully I've screwed up, but now I see that if I want to get this finished, I should just keep moving and go back and edit it later. Thank you for reassuring me (offhandedly) and giving such valuable tips. They definitely come in handy and I think I want to take on this approach from now on. The important thing is getting the story down. After all, the first draft doesn't have to be anything but done. Besides, if you get your editing done all at once, then you'll notice inconsistencies and plot holes more effectively, I think.
You're right! It's much easier to notice the plot holes and inconsistencies when you have the whole plot down. I'm glad you're going to keep going forward. It would be terrible to give up now after you've already written so much just because you started feeling down about the quality. Quality will come later!
This was a great find! Especially since we're four days into NaNo and I'm already terribly behind. I confess, I re-read all the time, so forcing myself not to do that may actually help a lot (I will definitely have to change my font color to match my background, though...the temptation to re-read is too strong!).
Thanks for writing this! I think everyone who participates in Nano should definitely give it a read.