NaNoWriMo and beyond

Despite the million other things I had going on this month, I managed to complete NaNoWriMo!

I learned a few things by doing NaNoWriMo during one of the busiest writing months of my career so far. During a normal month I tend to slack on my writing at times, I honestly don’t write every day, and I let things slide when I’m feeling extra lazy. Doing NaNoWriMo this month proved to me I can be super busy and manage to write every day, when I set my mind to it and refuse to slack. And, when I write I feel much better about myself, so it’s a good thing for me–being creative makes me happy. Will I carry this lesson on into December and beyond?

I really hope so. I’m honestly going to try. I still need to do a good bit of writing to finish the book I was working on for NaNoWriMo (which already had some written on it). I was glad to put 50,000 words into it but it still needs to be written to the end, however many more words that may be. If I put my mind to it I can probably finish it in December–though now I plan to pick back up a book I have in the editing/rewriting stage too. I’m hoping NaNoWriMo has given me the discipline I’ve been trying to achieve for a while. Even though there were a few days I didn’t write and had to catch up on my words on other days, it was a good reminder of what’s important to me about my writing.

How about you guys? Did any of you participate and did you win? Did you learn anything from it?

By the way, this Wednesday I’m going to be a co-host for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop! I’m really excited about it because I’ve been part of it for nearly a year now and I’ve always wanted to co-host. Now to come up with an interesting post for it…

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