NaNoWriMo is a curious thing, isn’t it?
Not that I want to make excuses, but life threw some curve balls at me — as she tend to do — and I lost too many days of production to make it up.
That doesn’t mean the experience was a waste. Not by any means.
What I learned:
1. Every word counts: The days that I added less than 1,000 words are not less valuable than the days I added 4,000. They all contribute to the completed manuscript and they are all important.
2. Making time is a mindset: It’s easy to say “I don’t have time” or “I will do this later.” The fact is, we make time for what is important to us. Time won’t magically appear. We have to set it aside.
3. Some things matter more than work. Yes, this one comes with a caveat. Of course, most of us have to work to pay the bills. For many of us, writing already comes behind a “first” job which fills that role of providing the money to live on. For me, it can be hard to push writing back further on the plate, but some things do take precedence. For one, family.
I’m not sorry I took on the challenge and even though I know 50k is out of reach, I will still be working hard this week and next to get the largest word count I can.
If you’re participating in NaNo, how’s it going?