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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 ResponseThe last haiku prompt for November was agreeable vacillation. Here is my response.
hesitation, doubtno stillness in that momentasserting to sway
This week write a poem (any style) about dance.