Do you plan your scenes or write without the internal editor turned on?

2013-Participant-Campfire-Facebook-ProfileI Just finished the April Camp NaNoWriMo, which is an exercise in writing fluently, and without the internal editor to stop the writing flow. I was able to make my goal, but now I have to go back and edit. Of course, any first draft needs editing.

After a month’s time, I started looking back at the beginning of my story – I opened up a dialogue with a critique group, and it was agreed – IT NEEDED A LOT OF WORK!

So the question remains – was it worth the effort – I humbly say YES.

I know the work I produced needs a lot of rework, but in reality any first draft does. Now I have a starting point, I have an idea on paper and something to work with – and just like many writers also admit, much of it will be garbage, and will need to be crossed out, but some will remain, and will be a good starting point.

All in all, I had a good experience with the NaNoWriMo writing sprees, and I do suggest for any writer to try it, at least once. It was also a good way for me to learn my limits, so that I can put together a real writing schedule for myself, for when I am writing on my own, and there’s not support or tracking done publicly.Camp-NaNoWriMo-2013-Winner-Lantern-Square-Button

Just one more thought – if you use software like Scrivener (or others) there is a tool that you can use to track your daily writing, and the progress of your project. I suggest to use it – it will help you see progress and assist you to attain your goals.

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PS – there is a Bonus to joining NaNoWriMo – If you WIN by accomplishing your goal, you get a 50% discount on Scrivener, or a lower discount if you at least attend the event. There are also other discount offers too!


About the Author Elisabeth Zguta

Independent Author, Publisher and Designer of suspense thriller and supernatural horror stories


  1. I agree, too. Yes, the draft you end up with needs work, but all first drafts do. And at least you have SOMETHING to edit! Without the push I got from my first NaNoWriMo attempt, I probably would never have finished a draft of anything. My internal editor is terrible for holding me back. 😉

  2. I agree- I didn’t do the bootcamp, but I did win the November Nano, and I love it. I was skeptical about it, but now I’d recommend it.

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