First things first, I’m really sorry for the lack of activity on our blog recently, but I’m back home now for the holidays and I’ve got all my essays done so I thought I’d participate in 12 days of blogmas and get back to posting on here! Anyway, let’s start the first day of blogmas off with my NaNoWriMo Wrap Up!
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and runs through the entire month of November with the aim to encourage its participants to start their novel and write a grand total of 50,000 words! This was a very spontaneous idea so I didn’t do much preparation which certainly backfired when I reached the third week as I got to various scenes where planning was vital which meant I had to stop my writing and start googling; a process I wish I’d done before I started writing. Nevertheless, I managed to reach just over 25,000 words which I am super proud of as I already knew I wasn’t going to reach 50,000 words as I had loads of uni work to juggle at the same time. The first few days started off really well and I managed to keep up with the word limit however as soon as I got back to Uni everything went downhill and my time for writing was taken up by essays and seminar prep.
Next year, I think I’m going to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo which takes place in April and July and hopefully then I’ll have more time to focus on writing and possibly achieve writing 50,000 words because I enjoyed this experience so much that I think it’s going to have to be something I do every year! The increase in my confidence is one the biggest gains I’ve had from this experience, I’m more confident in my writing ability, my story and myself. I never told anyone that I was participating in NaNoWriMo because I was scared of people reading my work and I still am a bit but certainly not as much as I was at the beginning of the process. Being able to finally put my story and characters into words has been so exciting and I’m even ready to share my writing with a few of my close friends and family.
For those who are considering to participate next year, here are some tips and lessons I’ve learned throughout my experience:
- Just keep writing – When I asked people for tips, this is one kept popping up and I totally understand why. There’s no point stressing out and getting hung up on trying to find the right word or sentence structure. The aim for NaNoWriMo is to write as much as possible and to finally put your ideas onto paper. Just remember you can always adjust and change bits after NaNoWriMo.
- Planning is Important! – I hate planning but for a task as big as this it is vital and it will really help you the further you get into writing your novel. I learned this the hard way and wasted valuable writing time. I didn’t expect to admit this but the planning element of it was actually quite fun and I really enjoyed fleshing out my characters and storyline.
- Confidence is Key – As cheesy as it sounds you need to believe in yourself and have confidence in your writing ability. That story that’s been developing in your head for however long is important and deserves to be shared. If I can do it, then you all can too!