So, I took part in National Novel Writing Month last year, in 2014. It is now January and I thought I should reflect on this experience.
This past November I did not manage to reach the goal word count of 50 000 words in 30 days. I did write far more than I have in past attempts. I reached a total of 17 131 words. I had a general average of 800 words a day. Around 20th, however I had a small personal emergency followed by getting sick. After this, I fell off the wagon and did not continue my attempts to write every day. I know there should be no excuses, but that was mine.
Despite the fact that I did not manage to reach word count of finish my novel, I did learn a few things on the way. I learnt how I plot plan best. I managed to write a little every day for almost twenty days in a row. I solved many plot problems I was experiencing with this particular novel.
I found writing every day a challenge. It was difficult to put aside the time on busy days. Some of my friends had difficulty understanding when I pulled out my laptop when we were out and I had nothing to do. Sometimes it was just difficult to find the motivation to keep writing. Some scenes did not excite me.
When I was beginning to struggle writing every day, I realised how important it was for to have a very detailed plot plan organised. I understand some of you out there are pantsers, and no matter how much I would love to be one of you, I cannot get the words out without a detail plan. Next time my plan will be more thorough.
Despite not achieving the 50 000 word goal, I did find the experience important and valuable. I learnt a lot about myself as a writer and as a planner. Best of all I did better than last time. Next time I will do even better.
What was your NaNo Experience? What did you learn?