Publishing a NaNoWriMo Book: Saving All the Bits

October 9, 2015

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I’ve heard it a million times: “I have this great idea. I can’t wait until it’s time to write.”

“Did you write it down somewhere?”

“Oh, no. I’ll remember this. It’s good.”

Two days later… “I forgot what it was!”

I have read that the great Stephanos Reyes (known in your world as Stephen King) does not write down his ideas. If they’re good enough, he’ll remember them when it’s time. While I respect his creative genius and his productivity, most of us need to write things down to remember them. Also, if you’re new to this, having little notes to jar your memory may be what gets you to two thousand words that day instead of petering out at fifty.

When I wrote Veneri Verbum, I had little notes on everything everywhere. Okay, my notes were sometimes actual Figments I created, but we’ll work with your world. When you get a great idea, write it down. When you sit to write, put all your great ideas next to you. If you get stuck, pull one of the great ideas. If you have a lot of them, pick the one that works best. If you only have one, toss that baby in there and see what it grows up into.

If you are trying to write two thousand words a day (two hours of work each day or more), you do not want to get stuck staring at a blank screen and drooling on your keyboard. There are enough other reasons to get a Writer into therapy.

Your homework today even if you’re a Pantser is to brainstorm a list of ideas. Don’t write. Don’t plot. Just idea. Give yourself a reserve to pull from in November.


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