National Novel Writing Month Recap

Written By: Dawn - Dec• 01•14

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Well I did it!  Sort of.

I did participate in National Novel Writing Month (NoNoWriMo) this year but I didn’t win. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days and I managed to land at 18,216. Although I didn’t win, I still feel like a winner because I enjoyed myself. The absolute best part was being part of a very active and alive writing community. All the #hashtag support and shout outs made the lonely job of writing much less so and made me feel writerly again, something that I haven’t felt in a while.

The good feels don’t erase the fact that mistakes were made. Some were avoidable, like allowing myself days off, and others were simply a part of the learning curve I must face if I tackle this again next year. The first time I did NaNoWriMo, I’m not even sure I made it to 10,000 words and I caved after about ten days, hating the pressure. I still dislike the weight of the words on me daily, but I believe I could finish if I prepare better the next time.

My takeaway from this experience is such that I can’t be discouraged for not hitting the 50K mark.

-I discovered that I have a great new book and I want to keep working on it.

-I love my characters and really bonded with them through the fast pace demanded of NaNoWriMo in a way I might not have done if I was writing slow and steady and, frankly, more purposefully. I doubt I’ll use most of what I did write, but those words allowed me to get to know my characters.

-I am FOR SURE a plotter, not a pantser writer. I already knew this, and thought I had plotted enough material to get me through 50K, but I hadn’t and all that open space freaked me out more than it motivated me.

-Most importantly, I felt like a real writer again and I loved it. I stepped away from writing when I finished my coursework at Stanford in June, but I’m ready to back in.

-I have never been more happy to see the date December first!

A big congratulations to all who participated in NaNoWriMo this year and a big applause for those of you who finished.

Thank you all for supporting me this month, especially the folks who run NaNoWriMo. They made everyone one of us feel worthy and special regardless of word count and that my friends was priceless.


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One Comment

  1. BFF says:

    You should be proud of yourself! I’m proud of you!

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