A whole month has passed since NaNoWriMo began! The excitement was a brewin' and I shared NaNoWriMo in 8 Sentences.
How about eight more (with lots of run-on sentences to squeeze it all in)?
The picture above says, "Participant" and not NaNoWriMo Winner for a reason: while NaNoWriMo continued to be an incredible experience, I did not reach 50,000 words - not even close - and surprisingly, I'm okay with that.
I have an unhealthy relationship with the backspace key, hitting it nearly as often as I tap the letter keys to craft words together - that does serious damage to NaNo word counts!
Word counts quite obviously die when you don't write words...at least when you don't write words for your NaNo project (I missed Maggie, Cassie, Adrianna, and Lauren too much to leave them alone for so long).
I learned what inhibits me creatively, which I think is probably the most invaluable lesson I will take from this experience.
I learned that even if I don't go the outline in advance route, I need to have my story idea more established in my head before taking on my next NaNo (yes, I hope to write along again, sometime) - this year, I was beyond what wrimos call a "Pantser"!
And as a Pantser (someone who starts NaNoWriMo without any outlines or characters sketches or pre-writing work done and flies by the seat of their pants), thank goodness for the writing software, Scrivener - I'm using the free trial right now, but participants get a discount to purchase it - to help me get my proverbial ducks in a row and be able to easily skip around when writing and still keep my story organized.
I learned that yes, I can write while the kids are in the same room with me; we turn on my writing music, they do their homework and their reading and I click clack across my keyboard and we're all happy.
I have a brand new main character, supported by more than a dozen other characters, quite well established now; which means, I'm not done with this story and plan to stick with it in the coming months; it's like my own Christmas present to myself, from myself, nanowrimo.org, peeps at Write on Edge, Cameron Garriepy for organizing us, my tweeps on twitter, and a rip roarin', rockin' awesome NaNoWriMo community across the interwebs - Thank You!