NaNoWriMo

What I learned from this year’s NaNoWriMo

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Well, it seems as if the weekend rest turned into a much longer one. I really needed that though for I am now rejuvenated and feeling good!

During the challenge, I was frustrated, happy, sad and angry at my writing. At one point, I couldn’t get into the rhythm and I wanted to throw it out and start all over again. I realize that although I was excited and eager to write, my mind wasn’t in the right place.

I’ve come to a realization that I have to start taking my writing seriously and I need to spend more time with/on my writing. I cannot be a writer today then decide that I won’t be writing tomorrow. Writing every day should be easy whether it’s just two words, a paragraph, a line or two. I want my words to dance off the pages and into people’s hearts and to invade their soul long after they’ve turned the last page of my book.

This month I’ve decided not to edit, but rather, pour over the story I wrote for NaNo. Stick around because I might be sharing raw unedited excerpts that I’m certain is going to make you laugh. Some of them were written while I was hunched over the laptop halfway asleep, but I was still going. Tap tap tap tippy tap tap. I still can’t believe I wrote some pretty messed up stuff, but that’s the beauty of having a first draft.

After completing this year’s NaNo challenge, I can safely say that my writing has grown, but it still needs development and I am keen to work on that aspect.

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