The most important lesson I learned from NaNoWriMo

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Tomorrow we begin NaNoWriMo 2011. It is that crazy month in witch writers push ourselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I have participate twice before, one time I won the other one I quit because I noticed that I wasn’t to be able to do it. I was doing the last corrections for my novel “The Writer” and I was unable to focus on a different story. This year I am doing the first draft of my next novel.

There is something that I learned from NaNoWriMo when I participate the first time that I consider really important. The result of NaNoWriMo can be trash (and most likely will be) so don’t be afraid of get your diploma, select all the text (yes the whole 50,000 words) delete them and start again the novel. You will remember a lot of stuff and the second writing will get a much better book.

When I wrote “The Writer” (that had been or over a week in the #1 best seller list of SmashWords) I delete the whole story twice, it was painful, but I am glad I did. The final story is much much better than any of those I simply delete.

Take NaNoWriMo as a playground, enjoy the writing, enjoy the click clack sound, enjoy that you can say and do things that you maybe not do otherwise, and don’t forget, you can also delete all and start again with new eyes on December 1st.

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