I published the first version of this blog post three years ago, after two years of blogging. Although most of the lessons in that post are still things I keep in mind when reviewing and editing old blog posts, I though that I would expand the list with more specific (and slightly different) lessons I’ve learned since then.
Happy December, friends. And an especially happy December to every one who participated in National Novel Writing Month. We made it! And for those of you who did not follow or have not seen my late-night, home stretch tweets or Instagram stories: I WON! On the one hand, I can hardly believe it. On the other, I’m extremely proud of myself for making it happen, and am almost completely overwhelmed with feelings. And now that it’s over, I have some (okay, quite a few) thoughts to share about NaNoWriMo, my story, and where I’m going from here.
Some quick thoughts about Week 3 of November coming to an end:
YIKES! Am I dreaming? Am I having a nightmare? When was the last time I washed my hair? Is that REALLY my word count? Fuck!
Keep reading if you’d like to know my more complete and formulated thoughts about November (and NaNoWriMo) being almost over.
November is now over halfway done, thus, we reached the halfway point for NaNoWriMo this past week. I am currently a bit behind on my word count, but after I’m done with this post I’m going to get some more writing in before the day is done; in other words, I have the time to catch up.
Well the first week (plus a couple of days) of National Novel Writing Month has come and gone. I don’t think an update post really warrants a long introduction (the point is in the title, after all), so let’s get into my progress, hurdles, and learning curves of the past ten days.
There’s Something About Writing 50,000 Words in 30 Days
For the first time since I started [halfheartedly] participating in National Novel Writing Month (four or five years or so), I have a solid story idea that I am very excited about. I have been working on a prologue, outline, characters, and world building here and there for a couple of months, and have had NaNoWriMo in the back of my mind as the perfect point to really dive in.