Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bookish Discussion: The End of NaNoWriMo

At the end of October I made a post discussing NaNoWriMo. This was my first year participating and I went in to it with starry eyed wonder and limitless possibilities by the time I finished my feelings were rather different.
How'd You Do?
Well...not very well is the short answer. I tried to write every day but between Thanksgiving and getting my bar review course books I was a bit distracted and missed a few days. Also, I've found that I usually averaged 800-1000 words a day (way under the required 1,667). I can't write many more words without getting sidetracked. I ended up with a little over 25,000 words written by the end of the month.
What'd You Learn?
I actually learned quite a bit about my own writing preferences. I can't sit at a computer screen for hours and I have to think about a scene a few times before I can successfully write it out. I also learned that I like to re-read and edit yesterdays work before moving on to today's writing. Because of this I wasn't really suited for NaNo. NaNo is set up so that writers get words on a page, it doesn't matter if the words are good or bad so long as they make it to the page. I'm not that kind of writer, I have to carefully think out sentences then craft and re-craft them.
Would You Do It Again?
I don't think so. I had fun interacting with other writers on message boards but NaNo isn't conducive to my style of writing. I think it's a fun program and it can give writer's that extra motivation to get started but motivation is one thing I don't lack. So my short answer is probably not, but next year I might just change my mind again and give it a go. Who knows!
Tell Me How You Did!
If you participated in NaNoWriMo let me know in the comments how you did and what your experience was like. If you wrote a post about NaNo leave a link so I can check it out.  


  1. I'm the same as you, I got 12k words down this month. Partly because I was busy and partly because I edited as I wrote.

  2. I was someone who did Nano and completed it! I have done so for three years, but this year was particularly difficult as school was hard and then blogging/reading as well. I like to do it to get some words written every year, but usually I am a slow writer much like you. But kudos for trying it out!