So as NaNoWrMo is coming to a close, I thought I would share with you the things that I have learned from it. The good, the bad and the Ugly.
THE NANOWRIMO EXPERIENCE
- It has encouraged me to continue to write, even when I do not particularly feel inspired.
- I have learned that planning and outlining is beneficial to me, especially since it is hard for me to focus on one topic, since I have Attention Deficit disorder.
- I have learned I must set aside time daily for myself to write, even if it is only fifteen minutes.
- You cannot put a word count on your ideas. Sometimes a book may be written in less that 50,000. I think that when you place emphasis on word count, instead of creating a plot and concept, you sacrifice quality for quantity.
- It is hard to reach a goal of completing a entire novel of 50,000 words or more in only a month but it is sure fun to try. (That could either be good or bad.)
- It is hard to get past the roadblock of thinking that you cannot do this. Remember, If you don’t meet your goal at least you tried and you still wrote something!
- I got done with the first rough draft. That is always an Ugly mess, until you go through it several times with a fine tooth comb, and then have others go through it for you.
- I did not, and will not meet the goal of 50,000 words, because my project does not fit,what is considered a typical novel. (That could be Good, bad or Ugly, depending on the way you look at it.)
Most importantly I learned how to set goals for myself, my novel did not turn out at all how I expected, but I finally found a place that I could put all my ideas into, and I will be outlining it for you in subsequent posts.