As you know, I've been participating in NaNo. I know we're only 8 days into it, but it only took me till day 3 to figure out that NaNo isn't for me.
I'm the kind of writer that hates editing. So instead of having a HUGE, overwhelming project full of WORD VOMIT at the end, I prefer to edit little by little as I go. Yes, of course, there will still be edits, but they won't be all-consuming. Usually it ends up being minor tweaks. But with NaNo, editing while you write is counter-productive to reacing that 50K word count at the end of 30 days. So I end up writing with wreckless abadonment and boy, is it a train wreck!
Here's a GEM I wrote the other day:
Not one part of her would cooperate with her thoughts. It was like something else was commanding her body to do something else.
OMG - WTFreak???
Seriously. That's. Bad.
Kinda reminds me of Ralphie describing the Red Rider BB Gun.
"...And this thing which tells time..."
Uh - I think he means a CLOCK!
So if i hadn't been NaNo-ing it, the sentence would have read like this:
There wasn't a single part of Blair's body that would cooperate with her thoughts. Not her arms, not her legs and certainly not her mouth. It was as though an unseen force had commanded her body into a grand mal seizure that she had no control over.
Sure it still requires editing - but not the kind of work the first example needs.
So yeah, NaNo-ing = not for Amie. But I'll stick it out because once I make a commitment, I follow through with it.
What about you? Are you participating in NaNo? What's your experience with 30 days of literary abandon?