Hi friends, it’s ya girl Seal back with my final NaNoWriMo update of 2018!!
But 🔥 plot twist 🔥 nothing has changed since my last update!
So quick recap: I’ve been participating or attempting to participate in NaNoWriMo since high school. Looking back, I’ve won a couple with 50k words, and even if I didn’t win I still would write a solid chunk. Usually I lose steam because November is notoriously busy for like, possibly everyone.
This year specifically, I was just really behind in deciding what I was going to write. I had too many ideas and kept going back on forth on which one I was going to stick with. Ultimately, I decided to rewrite the story I wrote last year because it’s an actual trash-fire and something I would love to keep working on.
I think my first problem was that I was never excited to rewrite this idea. It felt like “the right thing to do” as in I was making a smart choice to actively better something I’ve already created instead of adding another draft to my hard drive. Whereas if I had written something I was excited about, even without any real concrete plot of characters, maybe I would’ve last a little longer.
I actually had a moment the week before Thanksgiving where I was like “screw it!!” and starting writing about 500 words towards my fanfiction instead but clearly that didn’t last long either.
Another problem was I didn’t plan out a n y t h i n g. I’m definitely a hardcore planner, as in I have a giant spreadsheet with multiple tabs and charts and lists and random notes and without any direction in my writing it’s really hard for me to feel good about my writing if I have no idea where it’s going. That’s not to say I have everything meticulously planned out; I still tend to come up with new plot points or cover up plot holes and surprise myself while I’m writing, but I feel more secure when I sit down to write with a plan, even if it’s not followed.
I ended up writing about 1,500 words (not even a full day’s worth of recommended word count 😅). I’m not even that upset because those 1,500 aren’t even that bad and it’s actually a pretty solid beginning and I like it wayyyyy more than the beginning I originally had written last NaNoWriMo.
I could be disappointed that I didn’t even attempt to write more for NaNoWriMo, but honestly I’m not. This was a crazy month and I could barely keep up with my normal life responsibilities, let alone write almost an entire novel.
I also think this tells me a lot about my writing habits. Hopefully in the future I’ll 1) listen to my gut and work on projects that I’m excited about because as an unpublished writer I have a luxury of having no deadlines~ and 2) spend more time planning out my story before dedicating myself to a project.
Hopefully y’all had a successful NaNoWrimo if you participated, whatever your version of success may be!