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. Â This year, I have been using Habitica to get tasks done (you should check it out–it’s so fun and useful, too!). Â So, I joined a writing guild that had a NaNo challenge going. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â I am not an every day writer, at least not a comfortable every day writer. Â My best writing schedule for stories is to write three or four days a week. Â Maybe some writing practice on the other days. Â 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. Â This is good. Â 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. Â 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. Â For today, though, I’m mostly going to celebrate.