Like a trainee social worker or a graduate of philosophy, it is important for the NaNoWriMo participant to reflect on their experiences and achievements in order to get the full benefit from the experiment. So, what have I learned from churning out 50,310 of literary fiction over the past 29 days? (For the slower amongst you yes, this means I have now ‘finished’ the challenge for a second year).
- NaNo is not a time for Literary fiction. It is a time for quests, humour, twists and silliness.
- Literary Fiction is, if anything, harder than I anticipated. And I was anticipating that it would be well hard. It is not the sort of thing to attempt in a month. Not without about 50k forward planning anyway. At least I now have that…
- Write or Die is one of my favourite things on the internet. It has helped me focus on getting words down brilliantly, and I can only assume that had I known about it earlier this year I would have had a much higher word count – particularly in those difficult summer months.
- My inner critic is decimated. The other day I wrote 869 words in 20 minutes. These were not quality words.
- Other people doing better than you is a good motivational tool, so thanks to Writing Buddies John and Laura for racing ahead and finishing pure ages ago. Your purple-for-finished status bars on the website galvanised me right up.
Now to get ready for book 12 (which at this point in time is likely to be a series of one off webcomics, although we’ll see how I feel come Thursday…)