Today, November ends, bringing with it the finale of NaNoWriMo 2014.
I doubt I’ll notice the difference between November and December very much this year. Because I simply wasn’t writing as much or as often as I have in years past.
In previous years, I’ve been HARDCORE about NaNo. I mean, I’ve never been one of those people who finished in just a few days (I’m looking at you, Miriam and Cait) but I have been very strict about writing a certain number of words each day.
About staying on track.
This year, I was so, so, so, so much more relaxed about that.
As in, I wrote on only three days. I wrote some stuff on day one, and then a little bit yesterday, and then I decided to finish my goal today. Which, because this year’s goal was small, meant writing approximately four thousand and three hundred words. (Out of five thousand total.)
And that was hectic. I’ve only just now finished, and I probably won’t do exactly the same thing next year, but will I do a similar thing next year? Yeah. Sure. I won’t write most of my short story on the very last day of NaNo but this month taught me, finally, that it’s OK to binge-write during NaNo.
“Staying on track” doesn’t have to mean writing the same amount each and every day. “Staying on track” can also mean falling behind for a little while during the week and then catching up on the weekends.
(Or possibly all on one day.)
I guess what I’m trying to say is that this year, NaNoWriMo was much less stressful for me. I finished my story (well… actually, I need to wrap up that ending better and possibly rethink the death of one character, but I’ll work on those things soon) and didn’t freak out about it halfway like I usually do!
And occasional slacking off meant I wasn’t constantly writing/making notes to myself/et cetera. I read a lot during this NaNo, and towards the end I watched some movies and even an entire TV show because I thought, “My story? Oh, I can do that later in no time flat.” (By the way, expect quite a few fandomy posts soon, thanks to all those books/movies/TV shows.)
It was definitely an unorthodox approach to NaNoWriMo, at least for me. There are some things that I’m very particular about doing often (posting on this blog regularly is one of them) and I think sometimes it really helps to just chill for a while, to teach myself that I can get things done even if I’m not doing them the way I normally would.
So that was what I learned this month. And I’m glad I did!
What about you? If you participated in NaNoWriMo, how was your month? Do you consider your first draft to be a success? Did you learn anything about writing, or about yourself as an author, during November? I’d love to know!