Saturday, November 26, 2005
The Finish Line
I did it! I finished my (50,718-word) novel yesterday afternoon.
For me, NaNoWriMo was a resounding success. Not because I've come away with a rough (very rough) draft of a novel, although that is a nice thing to have in one's back pocket. No, what is more important than the end result is that this was an incredible learning experience.
Five Things I Learned During NaNo:
1. If you're moving fast enough, that pesky inner critic/editor won't be able to keep up.
2. Writing every day is easier than you think; this is one habit that is good to have.
3. Friends and family who believe in you can make the difference between meeting your word count or failing.
4. You really don't need a plot to start with.
5. Satisfaction comes in many sizes, but 50,000 words feels just right.