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The Aftermath of My NaNoWriMo

It’s the last weekend in November folks! But more importantly, we now have thirty-two days left in the year. What are we going to do with this amount of time left? Hopefully something productive.

At the top of this month, I spoke on making the most of the days left in 2017 and taking the opportunity to make strides towards a personal goal of yours; and it could have been anything. The important thing was to put one foot in front of the other and try. I think it was important to make that declaration because the truth of the matter is that the first step is VERY hard!

We have 1000 reasons for why something should fail. But often times we lack even one reason for asking ourselves why we still shouldn’t try anyway. That was the point of putting a line in the sand and saying that I was going to stop procrastinating and put fingers to keyboard keys and actually work towards my second novel. I couldn’t have asked for a better test of will.

It’s been two weeks since I last posted on The Nifty Notebook. Thanksgiving was occupied by ensuring that I gave my family my undivided attention and taking a much-needed break. Even during that time, I still thought on new ideas and even jotted a few character notes in my Evernote folders on my phone (I swear this isn’t an ad. The program is just way too handy!) It wasn’t the same level of output as the weeks prior but it was still a concerted effort; and I think that makes this month a success in my eyes.

Like I said, the first step is VERY hard. But consistency is the HARDEST step. It’s easy to find a groove, lose it and get frustrated, and then just drop the ball completely. There were periods of writer’s block that persisted for days. But I forced myself to write through it. I didn’t care about my results because there was always editing later. The point was pushing past self-doubt. But as November draws to a close, the most important question to answer is what now?

Well, I didn’t write my entire novel in one month. As I spoke on an earlier post, NaNoWriMo was really just the kick in the pants needed to get me back into the consistent writing groove. I didn’t expect to hit that goal. So with that in mind, what did I learn this month? Quite a bit.

  • That I severely under prepare when it comes to outlining a beginning, middle, and end of a story. Sure I spent plenty of time on the characters and what I think they’d look like but how does the story get from point A to B? Which brings me to my next point…
  • 10,000 words into my novel and I’ve barely scratched the surface of where the story should go. It’s easy to not see the forest for the trees (or putting in so much detail that I forget to move things forward). I need to make sure what I write is not just one long bit of exposition.
  • Motivation from my friend over at Scrawl and Spirits, her sister, and another friend in a writing group reminded of the importance of making sure this is FUN! At the end of the day, that’s what writing should be to me. Publication or not. As such, I plan on going back to adding a variety of other topics on this blog like I did before.

I don’t plan on squandering the remainder of these thirty-two days. I remember a little post I did back last year, speaking on quite a few other projects that I wanted to get into as well. Let’s get back to it!

Until next time.

4 thoughts on “The Aftermath of My NaNoWriMo

  1. Wow! Great motivation. As you said, you just have to keep pushing yourself, even if it means changing directions. As long as you’re continually going forward, that is a good thing, even if sometimes you go from grown-up to baby steps, and then back to grown-up steps. Thanks for a great article!

    1. That’s right! It’s all about the process and consistency. Like you said, continually moving forward.

      Thanks for reading.

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