My personal challenge to read four novels for the month of December 2010 has only three days left to be fulfilled. Admittedly, I'm two-and-a-half novels behind. Nevertheless, I shall continue reading while starting the challenge for January 2011, (life spared). A bit of an overlap there but, it's a necessary one, I imagine. Remember, the idea was to read a few novels, learn a thing or two, then re-visit the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo? So, still on that.
The challenge has proven to be even more of a challenge in the dedicated month of December. So much stuff to do in the month. But, as it turns out, it's the one that follows November; the month of the adrenaline-pumping (for the most part) novel-writing in 30 days.
A few things I've learnt so far?
- Don't be afraid to name all the people that show up - even in some small way - in your novel
- Bring in humour when it's least expected
- Assume your readers are intelligent
- You can get away with "stock phrases"; commonly-used terms, but compensate with really, really good twists and turns
In any case, I'm on it! You with me?