I really intended to write a few posts during NaNo, but somehow it didn’t happen. So here’s a wrap-up instead.
I got my win last night, and it feels weird. This year, I have been using Habitica to get tasks done (you should check it out–it’s so fun and useful, too!). So, I joined a writing guild that had a NaNo challenge going. Because of this, I actually wrote every single day. I did have two days (the day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving itself) that I didn’t hit the daily goal, but I wrote. Then I caught up over the weekend, so I didn’t have to do any crazy, 10K days, or even 5K days to catch up. This is the first time I wrote every single day of NaNo (yes, I’m writing a bit on my story today so I can really say that).
I learned something this NaNo. I am not an every day writer, at least not a comfortable every day writer. My best writing schedule for stories is to write three or four days a week. Maybe some writing practice on the other days. Trying to work on my story every single day left me feeling oddly rushed and pressured even though I wasn’t behind on my word count, and I’m pretty sure the days I struggled the most (and wrote the worst drivel) happened because I needed a break from the story. This is good. Knowing my best rhythm is important, so I’m glad I did this experiment.
Now comes the fun part of trying to grab hold of this story and bring it together and finish it. I ended up re-plotting it two different times during November. I think the new direction I found myself going in over the past three days is actually the right way to go, so now I need to figure out what parts of what I’ve written work with this and what needs to change and what needs to be added. For today, though, I’m mostly going to celebrate.