I didn’t complete this year either, but I as a lot closer than I ever was – 40,739 words. And considering the days I didn’t write, if I had actually written every day I Maynard actually pulled off 50k words.
While I didn’t complete the full word count, I do feel that u learned a lot more from this NaNoWriMo than I have in previous two years.
I’ve learned that my writing works best when I recognize that:
- How characters matter, knowing them, who they are, in advance
- Having a clear idea of what the story is about, preferably having done a scene by scene video outline in my head and then written it down (it can deviate as I write it, but I find it helps with the emotional punch of my writing if I play it out like a movie in my head beforehand)
- Having a strong love for your characters and a plot doesn’t necessitate that the story is one you should be working on or is as alive (puppy) as other stories
- Story should have vitality even if it’s confusing or uncertain (or have I never experienced writer’s block? Why should I, when I have other stories to work on??)
- Focus on word count can lead to depletion of enthusiasm
- Sometimes taking a break can help revitalize interest (even if my word output is slower than it used to be sometimes)
I’m also really looking forward to working on some writing I had to put on hold for November.