Adios, NaNoWriMo! Thanks for the Lessons–and the NOVEL!

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NaNoWriMo is done! Even though I am probably a “one and done” kind of girl for this challenge, I’m super glad I gave it a go. Wow, I remember two months ago, when I first decided to take part. After 30 days and 83,000 words of “The Esclavan Abductions,” it’s time to say goodbye to writing abandon and thanks to NaNoWriMo for a wonderful experience/experiment and a number of great lessons! Lessons such as:

  • SUPPORT MATTERS. And you don’t have to wait until next November and NaNoWriMo “Writing Buddies”  to get it! Your writing goals certainly don’t have to be as ambitious as 50,000 words a month, every month, but you should have goals, and you should task your significant other or a good friend to hold you to them!
  • GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! This November, with my daily word count logged every twenty-four period on the NaNoWriMo site, I realized that my output fluctuated quite a bit from day and day. And that’s no problem. Any progress is progress, and is to be celebrated. The trick is to sit down and battle with the words each day. Some day’s you might get 5,000. Others you might hardly get 500, or even 50! It’s all okay. Don’t stress about it and don’t beat yourself up or judge yourself unworthy to call yourself a writer. You ARE a writer. You got those fifty words down that day!
  • WRITE EVERY DAY. I’m a huge proponent of writing every day. Even it’s for half an hour, you should write every day. Otherwise, it just becomes too easy to find excuses to let a day slide. Then that day becomes three, and then a week. Not cool. Write each and every day.

 

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8 responses to “Adios, NaNoWriMo! Thanks for the Lessons–and the NOVEL!

  1. The buddy thing really does matter a lot. I doubt anyone would be willing to write this many words if they didn’t know many others were trucking along with them. 🙂

  2. Congratulations. 33K over the limit is impressive.

  3. Pingback: NaNoWriMo 2012: How’d I Do? | A Writer's Convenient Truth

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