If you weren't following my NaNoWriMo Chronicles here is what you missed:
I managed to keep up the pace for the first week and a half. I fell behind a little during week two but once Thanksgiving break started I was kicking it into overdrive. I wrote between 2,500-5,000 words a day that week. My family was really supportive during that week. Eventually I got to a point in my writing where I was comfortable enough to attempt to finish it a week early. When I hit the 50,000 words I stopped there. I realized that I had no ending, but I was okay with that. The goal was 50,000 words and I reached it and I really needed a break. I'm glad I had it because the last week of November was crazy hectic for me.
Things I learned from NaNoWriMo that I can take to my everyday writing:1. Plan: For a long time I thought I was a pantser. That's how I approached all of my WIPs and I never finished. Since I was so determined to finish within the frame I needed to know what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go and how I was going to get there. Obviously I did not follow it 100% but I had a clear idea of of the the book I wanted to write.
|50,00 words and a finished charm bracelet from my ML|
3. Write everyday: Even when I was busy I manged to get the bare minimum or a little less. I never stopped written even when I was ahead. There were times while writing were I felt the scene was going nowhere and instead of stressing over it I wrapped it up and moved to the next scene.
|A better look at the bracelet|
2. Critique Partners: Now that I actually have a somewhat finished novel, I should start looking for some again. I still kind of have one, but we've both been busy because of school. I should email her... Anyway in the next couple months I will be scoping Absolute Write again, hopefully I'll find a perfect match. If any of you are interested let me know by sending me a DM on twitter.
3. We will see: Honestly I don't know. I'm not one of those people who jumps on the querying bandwagon right away. I want to do this properly, and if that means not sending it out ever then so be it. I'm still going to write and I still want to be published someday. Just not until I'm ready. Hopefully I'll finish my other WIP I put off for NaNo and see where that will take me.
So there it is. One month, 50,000 words, sanity still intact. Okay that last one is a lie. To everyone who finished congratulations! For those of you who did not finish don't give up. Finish what you started and come back the next year with more determination. Believe me, hitting 50,000 words after two years of not finishing is worth it.