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NaNoWriMo: The Aftermath

Greetings to my readers! I’m back from the craziness that is NaNoWriMo!

This was my first year at attempting it.  Although I did not win, I came back with lessons learned and a new love for writing.  My total word count for the month came to 38,216.  I was doing pretty good the first week but then the election happened. And let’s just say it was all downhill from there.  On the 28th, I decided that I was going to try to win it. I wrote over 5k that night but the next night I was not so lucky.  I wrote 2k and at the end there I just sat staring at the computer.  I had ran out of ideas.  What do I write next?

By the end of that night I decided to make this book a series.  I had an idea for a short story on how a preacher’s wife decided to open her late lesbian moms’ (yes that’s plural) LGBT center.  Well, I’ve decided to incorporate that into this story and make it into a series.  I am so excited about.

So, here is what I learned from participating in NaNoWriMo:

  1. Outlines are your friends.
  2. Character sketches beforehand can be helpful to get ideas on what your character should be doing next.
  3. Planning is key for writing 50,000 words in 30 days!
  4. Writing conversations between your characters makes me feel like I’m having a conversation with myself.
  5. Having a word count app on your phone is a God Send! (I used Writeometer by Guavobot)

I am going to use my newfound knowledge for my future novels and future NaNoWriMo participation.  I am just so excited for my writing future!