As writers, it is easy for us to think that everyone is familiar with author jargon like the title of this post. It stands for National Write a Novel Month and it is something I want to celebrate, at least briefly, as it was how I wrote the first Jaswinder Mystery novel, Operatory of Death. In honour of the anniversary I have gone back to this cozy mystery novel and done a little tweaking and editing. If you have written an essay, story or book you know how easy it is to miss small typos or transitional words like or in the middle of a sentence. When you read through to edit, backwards and forwards, your eye sees what a phrase or sentence or word should be and dare I say, what you want it to be.
If I write this sentence: You cn do what you want your brain will automatically put in the word 'can' for 'cn'. You might not even notice the error.
What about: Tom told the soldier which way go. Did you catch the error?
Now imagine two hundred pages of text.
In Nanowrimo, the object is to write a 50,000 word novel from November 1st to 30th. There's a website: National Write a Novel Month. Check it out if you are interested. One of the key things about this exercise is that the writer should not edit as they write. Okay, some slight course corrections or spelling errrors that just jump out at you (you caught the mistake in errors, right?) are okay but the unfortunately, often tedious work of editing can wait--until December, when you definitely won't have time!