I am now in the last week of NaNoWriMo and I have thoroughly surprised myself during this process. I have written circa 15,000 words to date and would like to share what I have learnt so far:
I have stuck to an (almost) daily writing habit and am averaging 800 words per day (yes this is LESS than the 1,666 words required to hit the 50k mark but lets come back to this later).
I learnt to let go and let the words flow out- I always thought my creativity was stifled and that I wouldn’t be able to write a story.
Finding and Igniting my long lost Creativity– Writing fast allowed me to be more creative by allowing the words to flow out. I didn’t have to worry about spelling or grammer (not at this stage anyway). All I had to do was let the words out and that helped to revive and stretch my dormant creativity muscles
Learnt to have fun with my writing– instead of being so uptight about whether or not my words were good enough, I just let go and wrote what I wanted and had fun telling a story.
I am writing a novel– I have a start, a middle and almost an end (working on that as I write). This is the furthest I have ever got with my writing and that is super exciting!
This is the only time I have consistently written almost every day – having a deadline has really helped me to turn up and churn the words out.
I have written more words in a month than any other time period in my life– and than alone is worth celebrating!
My silent editor went on vacation– helping me to loosen up and let my imagination flow.
I’m excited about my story– and I am motivated to keep writing to the end because I want to find out what will happen next.
I have discovered I am part plotter/ part panster meaning I like to lay out a high level plot or outline before I write but when I feel the story taking over, I let the words flow out and let the story and characters go where they want to go and I have found this aspect absolutely thrilling
However when the end is almost in sight the temptation to give up can also be strong. I have had a few days where I just didn’t feel like writing. The longest was 3 days in a row and this made me feel pretty miserable as the less I wrote the less I wanted to write.
There were also times when I just didn’t know what to write next. When I felt like this, I knew I needed to take a break or do something different. Most of the time I didn’t know what to write if I didn’t have a plan. So I know that for me, creating a high level plan puts me in the right frame of mind so that I can take my story to the next level.
I have only hit the targeted word count twice so far but this is not a bad thing. All that really counts at this stage is that I am turning up and creating the words. This month is all about creating 50,000 words NOT 50,000 prize-winning words. That will come with more effort, learning and of course…..writing!
How is your writing going? How many words have you written for NaNoWriMo? What are you discovering about yourself as a writer? Please share in the comments below!