>NaNoWriMo…it’s over. If you participated you either felt that rush that came from a job well done or you faced defeat yet pride over how many words you did manage to do (because it definitely is a feat!).
Some people ask me if I’m going to do it again next year. My answer is always the same.
I don’t know.
“But you felt that sense of accomplishment that you called priceless!! Why wouldn’t you want that again?” you ask.
Let me tell you what I learned from NaNo and maybe you’ll understand.
—I learned that I can do it. I have NEVER completed a novel before, but I have started lots of them. Well, not since high school, but still. Perhaps thats why the smell of victory was so euphoric for me.
—I learned that if you love what you are writing, and it’s familiar to you, the words will easily flow. And they did. I started An Unlikely Hero at the tail end of the second week, and still hit the 50,000 word mark. And only because I’m a big fantasy
—I learned that it’s true what they say about your story evolving. The direction I started in and the direction I ended in are two vastly different things. I have to do serious editing in the beginning to make it flow, but that’s okay. I still love my characters so much that I want to bring Galain back from the dead and kill him all over again. And what’s awesome about writing is that I can. I absolutely can.
—I learned that I can stay up all night, hitting the pillow around 6 am, wake up at 8 am, and still function. Well, you wouldn’t have liked me til around noon, but I was up. 😀
But most of all?
I learned that November virtually disappears. NaNoWriMo is the daylight savings time to the literary world. Instead of moving forward an hour, it’s a whole month. Poof! Gone.
And I’m not sure I like that.