The NaNoWriMo experience is really wonderful, and one I entered into in November 2011, several months after participating in a writing course through Stanford University Continuing Studies, expertly tutored by Wendy Tokunaga, entitled "So So Not Chic Lit".  The reason I chose that particular Stanford course was that I already was writing a book in the Romance Genre, and was very interested to introduce into that story, the advice offered by "So So Not Chic Lit".

I made the decision during NaNoWriMo in November, to start a brand new story and, from Day 1 it really was my very first day of writing that particular story!

By following the hash tag on Twitter #NaNoWriMo, I learned of the existence of http://Storyfix.com.  I only wish I had known about Larry Brooks and his prolific advice as regards structure in book writing.  Nonetheless, I avidly followed his expert advice early on in my experience of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, and managed to successfully become a Winner 2011!

Where to thereafter?

A novel of substance in the genre I have chosen, should, I learn, be approximately 80,000 to 90,000 words.

When you are writing with a definite deadline as required by NaNoWriMo, it has to take absolute precedence.  In other words (literally) your normal routine takes a back seat.  In real day-to-day life, in my case anyway, this is not possible. 

In addition, when you write at such speed and focus on moving the story forward, there later become many interspersed necessary scenes which have not yet been perceived, but which would add clarification, tension and importantly move the story forward.

As regards my writing after successful completion, the one ingredient missing is the camaraderie of co-competitors, and the shared goal you experienced to complete the deadline.  Daily responsibilities have to be dealt with.  30,000 to 40,000 additional words all of a sudden, can seem overwhelming.

Methodology being used by me



I decided to create 20 files, and gave a title to each, with a brief description of the scenes I felt would add substance and depth to my story.  Thus now, instead of my looking at the number of words required, I am concentrating on a particular scene I want to create.  This is not quite so overwhelming, and is not altering the structure of my story, or story-line, in any way.

At the front of each file, once completed, I enter the number of words written.

Only once these files are all complete, shall I start my first edit.