Winning and Not Winning During NaNoWriMo

December 2, 2014

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is over. I did not “win,” because I did not write 50,000 words, but I won is so many other ways and I did write 41,314 words! In truth, I hadn’t really set out to “win,” My goal was to finish my YA novel project – but sadly, I didn’t achieve that goal either. I had 23 chapters under my belt with what I thought was only 8 more to go, but my muse had other ideas. I am currently writing Chapter 39 and while there is an end on the horizon, I’m not going to predict how many more chapters it will take to get there.

Here’s a few things I learned so much from the NaNoWriMo process:

1). It takes me about 2 hours to write about 1600 words.
2). It doesn’t work for me to focus only on word count when I am writing historical fiction. I need to spend the time on research. (Maybe next year I will choose a different sort of project).
3). My pre-made muse board was a huge help to keep me on track.
4). My story has more depth and I think is more cohesive because of the discipline of writing something on a daily basis, even if I skipped a day now and then or didn’t get a chance to write down the words that I’d conjured. I was more grounded in the world I created.
5). I love, love, love to write.