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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:

  1. I researched backstories,

  2. sketched several new characters,

  3. did some plotting,

  4. was crippled by writer’s block,

  5. got over writer’s block,

  6. filled in more of my outline,

  7. realized what the story is *really* about,

  8. recognized some key areas that will need further development,

  9. 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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