Friday, November 2, 2012

NaNoWriMo Notes #2: Super Power Caps Lock

If you were to look at the draft of my novel you'd find passages written entirely in caps lock - sometimes a sentence or two, other times several pages.

Whenever I'm writing and suddenly get a new and exciting idea that feels right, that makes sense and completes the scene or character, I hit caps lock and start typing at a fast pace. Doing this helps me focus on the writing and capture as much of the new idea as I can, instead of getting caught up in more minor concerns like sentence structure and consistent punctuation. Later drafts will take care of those.

This super power caps lock habit reminds me of the old Super Mario Nintendo game when Mario eats a spotted mushroom and balloons in size, looking that much more formidable as he stomps on his foes or dodges man-eating plants that shoot fireballs.

Super Mario

4 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's a good idea! One thing I do that is a bit similar is that I type notes to myself in red italics, so t hat when I'm re-reading the draft I know which bits need work on

Relyn Lawson said...

I love this idea of yours. I can hardly wait to read your novel. I know I'll find it in my bookstore some day.

HKatz said...

@ Juliet - the red italics is also effective. I think the reason I settle for caps lock is that it's easy to hit the button quickly and keep writing (I also highlight the text too sometimes).

@ Relyn - Thanks!

naida said...

I remember that Super Mario Nintendo game :) Happy writing!