The Rules of Writing (During NaNoWriMo)
- Write a crappy first draft. - Don't think about editing. Use your strikethrough key, if you realize that what you wrote 1.375 seconds ago sucks and continue writing what's in your head at this moment in time. Trust me. Strikethrough's your friend when trying to just get it out of your head and on to the paper or screen without editing.
- Write Now. Edit Later. - Editing is like potato chips. Once you start, you can't stop until you're done. So Don't Do It! You will KILL your pacing if you start editing your story before you're finished. (See Rule 1)
- There are no mistakes. Only creative opportunities. - Don't worry about how you say it. Just say it and worry about the how later. Later, you'll remember all the $5 words that will show everyone how smart you are, and alienate readers....or you'll wisely use the smart "dense" words that say tons in as few syllables as possible.
- Rules? There Are No Rules! - Write what you want. You're your harshest and most honest critic.