The Wisdom of NaNoWriMo

What I have learned from this month is that it was not as hard as I thought it was going to be and that the key to success has been – selfishness.

I have had to be militant about writing time reguardless of how much my family tried to intrude – I feel guilty over my little girl but tried to write during the time she was in school anyway. I thought I would have to write each day to successed but this turned out to be impossible and infact the breaks I took actually increased my productivity and so I think were probably actually a good thing.

Bizarlly having a medical emergancy at the end of the first week helped in the nano challenge as it ment I was band from housework!

Discoverys I have made during the nano have ranged from insights into self, the cyclic nature of history and a renewal of my interest to find things out. My novel appears to be something bigger and more serious than I thought it would be and immersing myself into the world of writing again has been alot of fun.

I think I might well have to go on a caffine detox and start panicking over Christmas!

It has helped me to structure my life again after a year of set backs and has resulted in a far more positive out look than when I began – I have actually completed something – not the project but at least the challenge and that was external so gave me a deadline.

I have met many local writers at the write-ins and becuase I was on Twitter more moaning or boasting about progress I have discovered such things as #writechat #litchat and #scifichat. I may also have got myself roped into more wrimo type stuff but am glad of it.

Therefore there was great wisdom in me doing the NaNoWriMo and I have a huge chunk of The Punk in Pink written. This can, will and must be done – the world is getting my historical cyberpunk novel and they are going to be glade about it and after that they will get the rest of the series and it may well take the rest of my life but they are never the less getting it!

The only down side is I realised that if I didn’t have my other obligations and two chronic illnesses I might be able churn the novels out at a pace that would be comercialy viable -however this is not that much of a set back as I have my own publishing plan already set up!

I am tempted to finish these last two days off with more writing – we will have to see!

Posted: Sunday, November 29th, 2009 @ 4:43 pm
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