This post was meant to go up the day after NaNoWriMo ended, but frankly, your girl earned a day off to buy herself a little celebration present.
I wanted to review my experience with some rapid fire questions and responses. NaNoWriMo is one of my favorite writing events, and I'd never want to miss it, but I do try to attempt new techniques and stories to keep myself interested and challenged.
Did you write for NaNo this year? It's definitely a challenge, especially considering the time of year, but that's how the creators of NaNoWriMo intended it. Because if you can write a novel in November, you can do it any time of the year.
HOW MUCH DID I WRITE?
I wrote 56,713 total, and crossed the finish line of 50k on November 24th.
WHAT WAS MY MOST PRODUCTIVE WRITING TIME?
I made sure to write at least something every day. And my most productive times are between 6am and Noon. #5amclub4life
WHAT DID I TRY FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Using ambient noise instead of music. (THIS IS MY FAV) Worked better than I thought, but had a mild ASMR effect on me, and made me sleepy sometimes.
WHAT WORKED THE BEST?
Writing in the morning. Getting my words in before everyone else woke up helped immensely.
WHAT WILL I NEVER DO AGAIN?
Stay up late to write. I've discovered I am an early morning writer. There's no point in me staying up. Unless I like one letter documents when I fall asleep on the keyboard.
WHAT DID I NOT DO LAST MONTH?
Laundry. And dishes. And sleep.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Coffee. Deathwish coffee, to be exact.
HOW DID I CELEBRATE?
I bought planner supplies, and gave myself permission to take a day off, culminating in playing South Park Fractured But Whole.
I have a lot of housework to catch up on, and finances to address, but most importantly, a story to get back to. Because at the end of the day, NaNoWriMo for me is a practice of putting my writing before everything else for 30 days out of the year. It's a way to reconnect with my favorite part of being an author, writing a new story.
How did you do with this NaNo? Did you hit 50k? Did you try and decide the challenge aspect isn't for you? Is there something new you tried that you're going to incorporate into your writing routine? Let me know. I'm always looking for new things to try for next year. Because I'm ready to earn my next winner badge.