November 30 marks the final day of NaNoWriMo and I think it would be fair to say that I’m quite happy about it!
It has been a month-long struggle paired with caffeine surges and writer’s slumps, but I can truly appreciate what I’ve learned from it all.
Though I am proud to say that I’ve accepted and overcome the challenge, it’s not about the win – it’s about the experience.
To date, I have three first drafts of novels written, not including the one I chose for the NaNoWriMo challenge. Each one has taken me a number of years to actually get finished. NaNoWriMo taught me how to get it done in 30 days.
Was it easy? Of course not. However, I did learn about fast drafting – just writing the story, no matter how bad it sounds. Forget grammar, forget the rule of “show, don’t tell”. None of that is relevant yet. The key is to get the story down so you can go back and polish it later.
Can anyone write 50,000 words in 30 days? Of course! It does take commitment and perseverance, but most of all, it takes inner peace. As writers, we want our written words to be golden right from the start, but NaNoWriMo teaches us that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Just figure out your story and write … the magic will come later.