No more National Novel Writing Month for me. This is frustrating to admit, as I am usually a stick-to-it sort of person, but this wasn’t my story or my year. Maybe another time. Maybe not.
Here, though, are a few things I’ve learned from the experience:
- If ever asked to write about characters I’ve worked with in the past, I’ll have to do some serious work. I was surprised by my lack of interest in my characters when placing them in a new setting. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this?
- Word count goals stress me out.
- In keeping with the less is more philosophy, it was kind of interesting to leave myself notes in the midst of my manuscript and try alternate ways to say something (keeping all options on the page).
- The camaraderie makes the experience.
- NaNo stretched me to attack my writing in a new way, which is always a good thing.
- The NaNo Guru is realistic in her goals and encouraging in her approach. Thanks for everything, Carrie.
All the best to those of you sticking with it! I’ll continue to check in on you. Please share your progress here, too.