-Google Reader is the natural enemy of productivity, yet I love it so. Solution? "Mark All As Read" at least thrice a day. Reader takeaway? Give your blog posts interesting titles if you want to draw me in.
-NaNoWriMo makes for a good practice novel. (I bristled at this concept in the past, but I can see its value now.)
-You have to LOVE your characters to write 50K words about them. Or just be extremely stubborn.
-NaNoWriMo is the natural enemy of eating healthy. I do not want to discuss how many white fudge covered Oreos I ate last month. Answer? Too many.
-It was surprisingly easy to maintain some semblance of balance in my life over the month. I threshed out the chaff (long blog posts...both reading and writing them, piddling around, sleeping) and kept the good stuff (hanging out with Hubbykins, playing with Pea, time with friends). Cleaning flew out the window, but I'm still deciding if that is wheat or chaff.
-I'm not one of those writers who can leave misspelled words, blatantly poor grammar, and typos in their wake. I just can't.
-I'm also not one of those writers who can write without an outline.
-In any given project, the temptation to cheat on your WIP will arise. Fight this urge. Fight it!
-I am a YA writer at heart. (Not surprising, as I am secretly a 14 year-old girl)
Any other recovering NaNoers out there?
My name's Karen Akins. And my debut YA sci-fi novel LOOP is coming out October 21, 2014 with St. Martin's Press. It's all sorts of time travelly goodness. I'm a self-professed geek--also a wife to Hubbykins, a mom to the Pea and Boo, and a follower of Jesus. And, occasionally, I find time to vacuum. I'm repped by the marvelous Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency.