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NaNoWriMo 2015 – 50.081 words later

November passed and 50.081 words were punched out on my computer. I know, I cut it a bit short, but hey, I hit the 50K. And I am proud of myself! I’ve never written that much on one story.

Participating in NaNoWriMo was a wonderful experience and I would like to share some of the things I learnt.

  1. I didn’t need a thought-out plan before I set pen to paper – so to speak. I didn’t have an inkling about the story when I began. On the flipside, my story doesn’t have a clear plot nor an ending.
  2. I could curve out a couple of hours a night of writing time despite of single motherhood, work, and laundry with the help of my ever-patient and supportive parents/babysitters and my son, who took to the routine of being tucked in on the couch, so he could watch me write. (That had a positive effect of snacking level and my discipline.)
  3. I experienced the whole scale of possible emotions during November. I’ve been enthusiastic, happy, eccentric, troubled, angry, close to tears, blubbering, frustrated, and elated – all in the course of writing word after word. I believe that experience has given me insight about myself and my writing ways.
  4. I can write! That may sound presumptuous, but I mean it. I can write. I have the discipline to sit down and write. I could imagine a story that could sustain 50K words.

I can’t wait to work on the very rough draft that I have now. And I’m looking forward to participating in NaNoWriMo 2016.

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