I've been trying to write every day since I started this Nano2015 project back on 1 April. I've been recording my progress day-by-day since July and this is what I've learned.
What is the best length for a novel? It's often said to be about 90 000 words, but the best selling books of all time are about double that.
A first draft doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a sketch.
I was looking at my Nano progress graph and realised that it probably hasn't changed in years. It seems I have a definite process.
A reflection on the roles of The Drama Triangle and the impact it can it have when all characters get a chance to play all the roles.
One of my favourite Nano Pep Talks was by Maureen Johnson about reaching the middle part of your novel and realising that it's pretty much like the middle of Australia - large, barren and "all teeth and venom".
I'm trying to avoid writing a main character who acts and sounds like me. So for my latest MC, Tarra, I decided to roll out some attributes using a Pathfinder character sheet.
Writing to a plan can be like playing a game of Pipe Mania. You constantly have to avoid hitting walls and, with Nano, the clock is ticking.
A story idea is like a dream, full of emotional highs and lows, but while dreams can jump from major plot point to major plot point, with a story you're obligated to fill in the spaces between.
Have I manged to Week Two myself before even starting to write?