Planning Your Writing – Is An Unedited Writing Spree Worth the Time?

paperrevDo you plan your scenes, or just write without the internal editor turned on?

I Just finished the April Camp NaNoWriMo, which is an exercise in writing fluently, and without the internal editor to stop the writing flow. I was able to make my goal, but now I have to go back and edit. Of course, any first draft needs editing.

After a month’s time, I started looking back at the beginning of my story – I opened up a dialogue with a critique group, and it was agreed – IT NEEDED A LOT OF WORK!

So the question remains – was it worth the effort – I humbly say YES.

I know the work I produced needs a lot of rework, but in reality any first draft does. Now I have a starting point, I have an idea on paper and something to work with – and just like many writers also admit, much of it will be garbage, and will need to be crossed out, but some will remain, and will be a good starting point.

All in all, I had a good experience with the NaNoWriMo writing sprees, and I do suggest for any writer to try it, at least once. It was also a good way for me to learn my limits, so that I can put together a real writing schedule for myself, for when I am writing on my own, and there’s not support or tracking done publicly.

Just one more thought – if you use software like Scrivener (or others) there is a tool that you can use to track your daily writing, and the progress of your project. I suggest to use it – it will help you see progress and assist you to attain your goals.Camp-NaNoWriMo-2013-Winner-Lantern-Square-Button

Happy writing!

PS – there is a Bonus to joining NaNoWriMo – If you WIN by accomplishing your goal, you get a 50% discount on Scrivener, or a lower discount if you at least attend the event. There are also other discount offers too!

 

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5 thoughts on “Planning Your Writing – Is An Unedited Writing Spree Worth the Time?

  1. I agree- I didn’t do the bootcamp, but I did win the November Nano, and I love it. I was skeptical about it, but now I’d recommend it.

  2. I agree, too. Yes, the draft you end up with needs work, but all first drafts do. And at least you have SOMETHING to edit! Without the push I got from my first NaNoWriMo attempt, I probably would never have finished a draft of anything. My internal editor is terrible for holding me back. 😉

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