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Thoughts on The NaNoWriMo Process

I won my first NaNoWriMo this year.

Not only that, but I finished by November 25th.  During the month of November my goal was to always write the required 1,667 words a day but to also always go over if possible.  That meant that a lot of days I was averaging 2,000 words a day.  Which is a lot for someone who had never actually completed a novel before.

I was feeling really inspired by all of the writing progress happening in my life so I decided to keep going.  I printed out my next novel outline and told myself that Hey!  If I could do it in November, why couldn't I do it in December too?

Well, I'm starting to realize that there are a couple of reasons why I finished writing Make Me Believe in 25 days.

  1. Adrenaline - or wanting to accomplish something that I had never done before.
  2. Peer pressure - or everybody else is doing it.
  3. Twitter - because reading everybody's word count updates on twitter was really fun in November!
So... The moral of the story is that I'm feeling kind of bored with my writing right now and that's not good. Maybe I should have taken a break after November?  Idk.  I'm still going to try to keep up my daily writing habit of at least 1,000 words.  But maybe I need to cool it for a bit. haha We shall see!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo?  If so, did you take a break afterwards?

Take care,
Marian

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