NaNoWrMo- Things I have Learned

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.

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THE NANOWRIMO EXPERIENCE

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THE GOOD

  1. It has encouraged me to continue to write, even when I do not particularly feel inspired.
  2. 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.
  3. I have learned I must set aside time daily for myself to write, even if it is only fifteen minutes.

THE BAD

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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!

THE UGLY

  • 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.)

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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.

 

 

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