NaNoWriMo Conclusion/Some things that I've learned



Hello everyone and happy December! As you can see from the picture above, I have WON NANOWRIMO!!! That's right, November was probably the craziest month EVER. I honestly don't know how I did it but I did. Last Saturday at 8:14 I reach 50,086 words in The Tale of Two Sisters and today, I want to share with you what I learned so here we go!

#1 You can't get everything right the first time. Your first drafts are going to be at least a little messy.

This was a mindset that I had from the beginning of the month. I had made it a point to not touch the delete button unless necessary. Now I didn't want my writing to be messy and misspelled but I didn't want to be deleting things because the scene didn't fit or because I wanted to change the dialogue. Only towards the end did I do that and I'll explain why later.

#2 It doesn't take all day to write 2000 words.

For the first half of the month, I was sitting at the computer all day trying to do school and write as much as I could.
The first few days were okay, I got a little ahead of my word goal for the day, but after that campout, I was struggling to get back on track. I only probably wrote one thousand words in those three days. I don't know what happened but in the last week of NaNo, I started to pick up the pace. It started on the 25 when I thought I would loose and my dad asked me if I wanted to get up at 6:00 am with him and write. I did. I wrote until seven that morning and in that hour I got a little over one thousand words done! I did that in only one hour!!! For the next five days, I was writing from six to seven in the morning and then from seven to eight or eight to nine at night. In that way, I was able to write around two thousand words every day!

#3 Don't be afraid to stray from your outline just a little. 

In my mind, an outline is like a road map. It takes you from point A to point B and it allows you to choose if you want to take any detours or not. I was sticking very close to my outline in the beginning that, even though the outline had room for detours, I didn't take any. This resulted in roughly 45K words on November 25. That was when I thought I would lose NaNo.
I asked on The Young Writer's Workshop (YWW) what I should do, whether I should give up and settle for finishing the story but only having 46K words and losing NaNo or if there was any other option. Apparently, I am not the only one who struggled with this, Someone said that I could add some scenes and a prologue and/or epilogue. Doing that really boosted my word count. Also going through the manuscript and changing some things and adding new aspects that were not in my outline really helped. I gave the MC a necklace that belonged to her mother before she died and made her adopted brother older than her rather than younger than her because, in my mind, that made more sense. All of that and adding one of my new favorite scenes made it what it is now. So, don't be afraid to add something that you think would make your story so much better. Because if you, your story might just take you somewhere you never thought it would go.

NaNoWriMo has been such a great experience for me and I can't wait for next year!

"So, Naomi, What are you working on now?"

Glad you asked. I am working on creating a language for a new book series that I am starting. Stay tuned for next week when I talk about that.

Until then, Namárië!

Comments

  1. You are so talented. I am excited for you !! You are doing great. Congratulations on winning NANOWRIMO !!!
    I love you

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  2. Aww, thank you! It was so much fun! I love you too!!!

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