It is officially over. NaNoWriMo was for the month of November. I started out cautiously, moved into gushing inspiration, then tapered off, and finally made a conscious decision to stop right before Thanksgiving.
Even though I did not win (that's what they call it if you make 50,000 words), I count it a success. I started something that I probably would not have written for who knows how long, and learned about letting the story flow first, editing second. Okay, so I did edit some during too, I just couldn't let words go misspelled or restarting sentences in the middle of a sentence. But still, I left sentences that I knew didn't sound quite right, or ideas that needed some research to back it up. I wrote more in a month than I had in six months. I am inspired to get back to my children's novel and let it flow, edit second, as opposed to along the way.
Some people have said that you could do this kind of massive writing anytime (as opposed to during November which is crazy with a holiday at the end), but for myself I know the accountability of putting my word count in and seeing my progress on the NaNoWriMo stats was a real incentive to me.
Will I do it again? I hope so, I'll let you know next November. Right now I'm back to blogging, Advent, and family.
Labels: NaNoWriMo, Sheila Siler, SheilaScribbles