Monday, December 1, 2014

#NaNoWriMo - Proud Winner of 2014! Lessons learned.

I did it!! I freaking did it!!! I have tried previous years, but I didn't manage. This time I planned, because I knew it would never happen otherwise having both daily work, private life, kid and blogging next to it.

I called the novel "Three Days". It's far from finished, but at least I managed to write 51.404 words in 30 days! For reaching my goal, I got this!

So yes, I am proud of it. 

What did I learn?

I learned, that even though writing is a lot of fun, it is also a very hard work and demands planning. In case you have deadlines, and I believe most authors have deadlines, then keeping the times is everything. When I say planning, I don't mean planning while writing, but planning to have time for writing at the first place. When you have a full time job and when you are a single mom and writing two blogs and participating in all kinds of cultural events like I am, then finding the hours for writing is a challenge. Every hour I had free of other plans, I used to writing. I spent some of my night hours to write. I wrote whenever I could. 

I learned, it's fun! I decided before NaNoWriMo started, that I will do everything from my side to make sure, that the writing process itself would be fun. I tried to find different destinations for writing. I wrote in the TV Tower, I wrote in different sights and cafes I've never been before. I wrote even on a ferry once and outside twice. I think that's one of the reasons I didn't give up. It was good to get little bit out of the house and also gather inspiration from the surroundings.

I learned that no matter how well you think you plan, there are always distractions. Be it your family, friends, social media or just the feeling that you need a cup of coffee. And not after you finished writing, but NOW. This sometimes ended with finding myself doing other things but writing. I decided not to stress about it though. I wanted the whole experience to be enjoyable. I simply let it go.

I learned, that you can actually motivate yourself to use your time for writing. It was a nice type of forcing because I really love to write. You can write on clock, starting and then keeping going. I experienced when one specific scene or one specific character didn't flow smoothly, then I continued with something else and turning back to it later. 

I also learned, what writer's block means. It means, that if you can't write, you read what you have already written and get inspired and motivated by it and after that the words just start to appear again.

All in all, it was learning by doing for me. Yes, I have written before, but I have always done it how it suited me, with the tempo which suited me and during the months which suited me. Not this time. 

Would I do it again? Hell, yes!

The most terrifying part is ahead. Editing definitely, but the scariest part for me is: I have done it, now what?!?! Do I really want to go for professional editing and actually get it published? But that's another post for another time.

Happy writing!


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