This November I participated in NAtional NOvel WRiting MOnth or NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write a 50,000 word story in thirty days. I did not. I ended my month with 38,777 words done, a rate of 1292 per day. I also blogged almost 10,000 words this month. Here is a chart of my writing, oddly enough, the only day I didn't write was the 29th. I woke up later than usual that day and didn't write in the morning like I usually do, and the rest of the day was filled with great times with family.
Even though I didn't finish a novel, I'm most of the way there. My character has faced a few trials along the way and has a final one to overcome before the resolution. I've posted two other sets of thoughts on NaNoWriMo here and here. My final few thoughts are these;
- Little steps are important. If I added a few more 250 word writing sessions, which may have taken only ten minutes to complete, I would have been a lot closer and maybe made a bigger push at the end of the month. I've seen this more and more lately. If I spend just a few minutes asking people to be guests at 27GoodThings.com then I scramble less when I need someone.
- Sometimes the writing was a lot easier than other times. I don't know why. It was like turning on a faucet in my house compared to drawing from a well with a bucket.
- As I said in another post, the arbitrary month and writing goals did help me write more in many different areas. I wonder if this will translate to other areas of my life like career, parenting, marriage.
The ultimate questions to ask is, will I do it again? Yes. I want to be able to finish the month and this first run illuminated what I need to do. My blogging needs to be scaled back or my focus on novel writing needs to be more important. Like a good story, I lost this round, but after a year of training, I'll be back for a rematch.