It’s the middle of week two and you’re beginning to wonder what the heck you signed up for. You don’t even know what the heck your novel’s about. And you’re starting to resent whoever it was that told you NaNoWriMo was such an awesome idea. In fact, you’ve crossed them off your Christmas card list.
The fact is, if you’re embarking on a completely new story where you barely know the main character, or have any idea about the plot, you’re going to be lost. It’s like dating someone that you just met every single day for a month. It gets a little hairy because you’re not sure what else to say after a week and a half, but it’s too soon to let them know about the ratty bunny that you’ve had since you were three that you still sleep with, because that kind of thing is the little bit of crazy that you only reveal a couple of months in on, say, date number eleven, but it’s only been a week and a half and it’s date number eleven already, and your date has invited themselves over and your ratty bunny is RIGHT THERE IN PLAIN SIGHT.
Lucky for you this isn’t a date. If you reveal your crazy now, nobody’s going to run for cover. So write that crazy thing. Only write it in a different color font. It’ll stand out from the rest of your manuscript as a tangent or new idea, or something that you’re not even sure what it is. Then go back to your regular font color and continue the story. Do this as many times as you need to, using as many different colors as you want.
The point is, you don’t know what’s going to be useful as you go in to do a second draft. Remember, it’s not the writing that’s important, it’s the REwriting. And rewriting involves careful consideration and deep thought, two things that you don’t have time for right now. But you will. Starting next month. So let all those lovely font colors make your ratty bunny stand out.
Ratty bunny is your friend after all.
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