Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Learning from Nanowrimo

What I've learned from Nanowrimo:

1.  November is never a good month for me to try and hack out 50,000 words.  Inevitably I run against the wall of preparing to go out of town, going out of town, spending time with family out of town, and for some reason work decides to get busy too.  I've managed to double my output from last year though and I'm not saying I won't make it in the end.  Realistically though, I'm only just over 11,000 words as of today and I should be around 30,000. 

2.  Given the right attitude I can make myself write on a regular basis.  I have pounded out around 1000 to 1200 words a day for the past three days.  This is huge for me and will play a large part in planning things for the next year.

3.  Even when I don't think the words will flow, they do some how.  They aren't Shakespeare, but they do flow.

4.  When it comes down to it, it isn't the success of the failure, but the doing. 

I don't know if the novel will ever get finished.  I can see adding to it even if I don't finish it by the end of this month, but I may or may not be as diligent in getting it done.  I've got renewed passion for other things in my life and I will be, with healthy input from my wife, putting together a plan for the next year and praying over it.

I'm probably even going to try and blog some of it so I can get some writing done on a regular basis and have a reason to keep this blog around.