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December 2, 2013

What I Learned During NaNoWriMo 2013

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    NaNoWriMo is always a wonderful and stressful challenge.  I came in 516 words short of 50k this time.  I was shooting for 60k, so I obviously missed that, but I feel absolutely great with what I did get down.  Last week I talked about NaNoWriMo being a great time to learn about yourself and your writing process.  That does not count for only the first time you do the challenge.  Each time I do NaNoWriMo it is a new experience.  I learn several things about myself and my project this month.

    The first lesson for me is that I need to build a more regular writing habit.  I am already writing everyday.  However, I might benefit from more scheduling of when and what I am writing during a given time block.  I'd like to experiment with this over the next few months.

    I also identified some of the things that particularly distracted me.  For example Pinterest.  I can get so lost on Pinterest.  I look up at the time and an hour and a half has passed.  Twitter was also distracting.  There were several other topics I just had to avoid, both as videos and as blog posts & articles, or I just couldn't tear myself away.  Do you know what particularly distracts you?

    I also relearned the importance of taking breaks.  Not just breaks from writing to do other things, but breaks from all sorts of work.  There were a few times I couldn't write because my brain had fried and I just couldn't process anything.

    The project I worked on this past month was a project I have been working on for some time.  I realized that I can no longer work on this story in the NaNoWriMo style.  I no longer feel like writing at such a fast pace will benefit the project.  I will need to take more time with this story and start sharpening the plot and setting.

    These are the lessons I learned about my writing this month.  I haven't decided precisely what to do for all of them yet, I feel it is good to have them in writing though.  Now I will not forget them and I can review them. What did you learn during NaNoWriMo?  Let me know in the comments.  Or at least write them down for your own reference.  

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Writing Response

    The last haiku prompt for November was agreeable vacillation.  Here is my response.
hesitation, doubt
no stillness in that moment
asserting to sway

Writing Exercise

    This week write a poem (any style) about dance.  

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