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Break out the champagne and confetti! Today I “won” Nanowrimo. Which is to say, I’ve written 50,000 words since November 1st. That sounds like a lot. And it is. Unless you’re a writing god like Charles Hamilton, and can write 6,000 words of clean copy a day. But, if you’re a writing pansy like me, it’s a shit-ton.

The reality is that it’s actually not too bad once you find a solid rhythm. That and you have to stop being picky about your do-re-mi’s. There is simply no time to edit every single syllable that flies from your fingertips. When I came to grips with that… I suddenly found it freeing. Instead of looking back and agonizing over the pile of reeking manure I had left in my wake, I simply steam rolled ahead. Tight-lipped, veins protruding from my forehead.

Now, maybe I was just paving highways of lower-intestinal sludge, but those stinking, corn-laden roads took me to some interesting places. Places I probably wouldn’t have arrived at had I taken my standard, nit-picky, pooper-scooper approach. It only took me 24 days to get 50,000 words, and there are some important gems that I was able to glean from this whole mess. We’ll get to that shortly.

First, let me start by explaining that there are generally two types of writers, Gardeners and Architects. Gardeners write by the seat of their pants and don’t do much planning. They prefer to feel things out, making it up as they go. It may be interesting to note, per my above metaphor about shit-roads, that gardeners need a healthy amount of fertilizer to make things grow.

Architects, on the other hand are a bit more hesitant to put their hands into the tenuous mind-slop and start sculpting. Instead, they prefer to make clever outlines. They want a nice crisp map, compass, sextant, and a GPS before they even start writing. I am an Architect by nature. Call me a creative wimp, but I much prefer the fine, detailed control of planning my writing adventures in advance. I’ve got not problem striking off into the wild blue yonder, I just damn well prefer a map. That and I don’t like having to clean the poop from under my fingernails.

Perhaps the best part of my Nano experience was being forced to go from writing as an Architect to writing as a Gardener. I started with a half-assed outline. I wrote my first ten or so chapters according to plan, but when the outline dripped its last drop of plot gravy… I had to keep writing. It was uncomfortable at first, but I quickly adapted and learned that I can write by the seat of my pants.

Now, most of what I expelled from the trapdoor of my long johns warrants a rewrite. But I’m a perfectionist. I rewrite anyway. Getting that first draft pushed out can often be the most hemorrhoid-inducing part. Fortunately, I’ve found that it’s much easier to do that Gardener style, with a metaphorical clothespin over my nose.

The ability to switch gears from Architect to Gardener as needed will be very handy in the years to come as I start writing my novels. I don’t want to lose the momentum that this exercise has created. That is to say, I really enjoyed the ease at which writing comes when I’ve been doing it daily for over three weeks at high volume. (You expected another poop joke, didn’t you?) Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely looking forward to the break in tempo. However, I’ve come to a realization. The Nano-pace is the type of pace I should maintain in order to reach my personal writing goals. That is a bit intimidating. But the good new is: now I have no doubt in my mind that I can do it.

That confidence is priceless.


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tommasorenieri Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional
Thanks for the "watch"!llama cancan llama cancan llama cancan
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TheJDWiley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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jdoem Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
A Fallout Thanks by jdoem
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Bakerize Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey there! I'd like to thank you for joining #DeviantBookClub.  I started the group because I find reading to be most interesting when I can talk to people about the book, and I'm glad you decided to join.
We're waiting until we get a few more members to start reading, but if you have any suggestions for what we should read, I'd appreciate it! You can reply here; note me, the group, or any of our admins; or comment on the latest group blog with your ideas.  Also, if you have any friends who are avid readers, please, do tell them about us!

Thanks --

Caleb
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TheJDWiley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Done!
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shinigami-nataku Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Hello.  Sorry to bother you but I am the moderator of a relatively new group dedicated to Original Literature and wondered if you would be interested in joining?

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As a member you are also more than welcome to submit your written work to our gallery.  We currently only have about a 200 members but we're gradually growing larger each day.  We are also currently running a poetry contest and will be following it up with a flash fiction contest in the New Year!

I hope that you will consider joining us soon.  If not, I apologise for taking up your wall space ;-)
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TheJDWiley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to join. Thanks for the invitation. :) (Smile) 
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shinigami-nataku Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Writer
^_^  You're welcome.  I've sent you an invite to the group.  Hope to see you soon! ^_^
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InspiredKitten Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the Llama.~
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TheJDWiley Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :) (Smile) 
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