It’s November 30th and I’ve finally finished my NaNoWriMo journey, by 67,405 words (total). That’s over 17,000 words then I had expected since the goal was to shoot for 50,000 words. And…even though I’ve passed the standard 50,000 word novel length, I would say that I’m only a little over half way into my novel. So, what did I learn this month while participating in this journey….?
- Consistency really is the key — In the past, I’ve usually started late (like this year….*face palm*) but one thing I did differently this year was I had a schedule. I made a point of ending my day by doing some quick writing. This helped me meet my daily word count but also allowed me to get ahead so that when the holidays rolled around, I could just relax.
- It’s okay to be a back seat driver — Sometimes I like just letting the story take me where it wants to go but other times, I felt that giving my characters too much freedom to dominate the story made the story go a little out of control. This was usually when I would break out my outline and map a way back to my final “destination” (or, what I would call, the predicted ending).
- That I have what it takes to be a “writer” — I might not be the next Steven King or James Patterson but completing this challenge has helped confirm that I have a desire to tell stories.
Next on the list is to start editing up the draft and begin mapping out the actual “graphic novel” outline for my artist. I’m looking forward to sharing more about this project as it evolves in the future.
Did anyone else participate in NaNoWriMo?