AND IT IS OVER.
I mean, you still have today and tomorrow yet.
But, by and large, National Novel Writing Month has reached its conclusion for many and will close up shop soon enough. So, as always, time to gaze back and reflect.
How’d you do?
What did you learn?
Where will you go from here?
Let’s see some evaluation. Not just in terms of you as a writer, but in terms of how utilizing this month was for you — in other words, evaluate NaNoWriMo, too.
Drop in the comments and give me 20. Or something.
(Here I will casually remind: 30 DAYS IN THE WORD MINES is still 33% off until December 1st with code NANOWRIMO, and the NaNoWriMo Storybundle is still running, too.)
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I finally got the 50,000 words again this year, but only with the help of Freedom, an awesome little peice of software that turns off the internet for you for a given length of time. It is definitely going to become part of my writing routine. With Freedom and no distractions, I learned that when I’m on a roll I can get 500 words written in 30 minutes. Of course, many 30 minute sessions I only got 250-300 words, but most days, I didn’t need more than 4 sessions (2 hours) to get my daily word count.
I wrote over 70k words in 30 days. 70K!! Mainly I learned Write or Die works something fierce, I am capable of more than I thought if I pretend Netflix doesn’t exist, and that sleep is for pussies, which means that I am one.
Also I learned to do the math, do the pre-game homework, and shoo the cats away while I was working. The last one almost worked, but Ninja Katz is crafty when perusing the Feline Prime Directive.
I wrote 291 words. That’s straight through embarrassing and out the other side, right? Well done all you who wrote LOADS. Enjoy the afterglow.
(I love NaNo, it’s a great kickstarter for a project — was just busy this time.)
I changed stories on October 29. Being a planner, I was in trouble. Bad news is that I only wrote 441 words. Good News? I completed a full step outline faster than I ever have before. I’m gonna try to finish my first draft by the end of December.
So I’m a little late…but I did my typical blog post of what I learned in NaNo. It was a lot! Biggest thing I learned is that I’m not a pantser anymore. My brain won’t do it. OUTLINE OUTLINE OUTLINE
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I was going to post a reply here, but it was going to be tl;dr. So, I decided to write a blog post about it instead.
Making a short story long…
My first trip down the NaNoWriMo rabbit hole worked for me. Actually, I’m pretty organized anyway but I discovered that planning works. I had 50,000 words by day 20 and the rest was gravy. (To be honest, I had to be done by the 20th because I host Thanksgiving in the States for a large extended family.) I proved to myself that creating the world and all the prep work pays off when, on Day 1, I sat down to write and it just flowed.
This year I learned some things I find very important. Be kind to yourself, and keep a schedule.
Usually I’m up at midnight and writing once the computer turns over to Nov. 1st, but this year I was sick and ended up sleeping during the turn so I had a late start. I was also the most unorganized I’ve ever been since I started winning NaNo. I did not keep to my writing schedule and I didn’t do things I should have otherwise. If it wasn’t for my fiance getting sick on Thanksgiving and us not going to my family dinner I would not have finished.
Its super late, I know…but my buddy and I did nanowrimo and bombed out hard. I ended November with 9k words done and a general fear of keyboards. Then I did the holidays thing and come January I went back, pumped out 55k words and self published my first novel on February 2nd. Its called Autumnville and if it wasn’t for my buddy constantly shooting your wisdom into my head…it probably wouldn’t have happened. So thanks man. You kick ass.