First, Let’s talk about what NaNoWriMo is. It is National Novel Writing Month. It is a month that writers try to write 50,000 words. It is the month of November. For me, it means frantically writing anywhere and anyway I can.
Now, Let’s talk about what I’ve learned.
- I’ve learned that first drafts are meant to be exactly that….ROUGH. I’ve always thought I need to make it perfect first go which is why I haven’t finish this WIP in YEARS.
- I’ve learned it’s possible if I set my mind to it. I’ve never done this well in the past, but I’ve never been as dedicated to it as I have been this year.
- I’ve learned to let my characters develop organically and that I can always go back later and fix holes or inconsistencies.
- I don’t have to write chronologically. If a scene that comes later in the story hits me first, I can go ahead and write it. I can add the transition stuff afterwards.
- Reaching out to community is absolutely necessary. Rather than sitting stuck at a portion, reach out. The writing community is more than willing to help in any other way.
- I can define my artistic self however I want. I don’t have to be an author/writer OR a blogger. I can be BOTH at the SAME time.
These are the six biggest things I’ve learned. NaNoWriMo has allowed me to grow more as an author/writer/blogger than any other month this year.
What have you learned recently? Tell me in the comments!