What I learned from #NaNoWriMo

All right, so I didn’t “win” NaNoWriMo. I only wrote about 18,000 words during this month (plus whatever I manage to write tonight, if anything). But if you add in the 8,000 words I already had for this manuscript, I have about 26,000 words done! I think that’s pretty good for a part-time writer, full-time mom.

And even though I didn’t get around to the full 50k, I got a lot done. Writing a novel takes a lot more effort than just writing words on a page. Here are a few examples of what else accomplished this month:

  • I researched backstories,
  • sketched several new characters,
  • did some plotting,
  • was crippled by writer’s block,
  • got over writer’s block,
  • filled in more of my outline,
  • realized what the story is *really* about,
  • recognized some key areas that will need further development,
  • and even did a little bit of revising.

So even though I didn’t pound out 50,000 words this month, I feel like I got a lot of work done for one short month and I’m excited to keep going!

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2 Responses to What I learned from #NaNoWriMo

  1. Stephanie says:

    RT @amithaknight: What I learned from #NaNoWriMo http://bit.ly/dNMAOL

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