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:
- Outlines are your friends.
- Character sketches beforehand can be helpful to get ideas on what your character should be doing next.
- Planning is key for writing 50,000 words in 30 days!
- Writing conversations between your characters makes me feel like I’m having a conversation with myself.
- 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!