I’m happy to announce I am a Nano 2011 Winner! 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve never been more glad to see December 1. I’d love to also say I have a completed manuscript ready to edit, but in truth I need about 10-20,000 more words to complete the story. Either way, a large portion of it is on paper. They aren’t the best words I’ve ever written, but they are editable.
Here are some things NaNo taught me:
- If I sit down and commit to writing (never 1,667 words/day/month again), the words will come to me.
- It’s important to set a chunk of time aside for writing everyday. I liked how NaNo helped me increased my word count. In the future, however, I plan to work on quality over quantity.
- It’s okay not to write a perfect, polished scene on the first try. I practiced this one a lot.
- I now understand how much I have learned about the craft of writing because every time I wrote a passive sentence, it took everything in me not to go back and make it active. Active sentences are concise.
- It helps to have an outline. This kept me focused on moving the story forward. Also, it was helpful to have an idea of what needed to happen to characters and where they should end up by the end of the chapter.
Here are some things I’m going to do now that NaNo is over:
- devour some books
- take one week off from writing (new stuff)
- work on revising my contest entries for OWFI
- visit my blog buddies who I’ve neglected in November
- take naps
- reward myself with a batch brownies and consider sharing them
How about you? Did you NaNo? How did you do? What have you learned? What are you going to do next? Do you have other helpful tips?