Four-Part Series: What Did NaNoWriMo Teach/Show/Learn Me?

As most of my Reeders already know, I have officially joined the Winner’s Circle for NaNoWriMo. I have to say that I had so much fun stretching the limits and boundaries of the writing I have done in the past. Writing a novel is not something that I have ever accomplished before, and I have definitely not written that many words before, no matter the time frame.

National Novel Writing month was incredibly inspiring for me as a writer. I had the push of an entire community not only on NaNoWriMo’s website—connected to my local Long Island writers—but I also had the Google+ community, which turned out to be where I spent most of my time when it came to writing, talking, and sharing with fellow scribes. It was written and warned that other priorities would be pushed to the side, and that turned out to be a very true statement.

Nothing lapsed, all bills were paid, pets were fed, laundry was done, but certain things did stagnate. So far, I have spent the past six days trying to unstagnate them. I have some work to do, and I am still looking for the best way to melt in my Creative with my Daily.

As part of sharing my experience of NaNo with you all, I have decided to write a four-part series about the different and important pieces that I learned while writing dangerously during the “thirty days and nights of literary abandon”…

It wasn’t until a couple of days ago that I realized that I had actually noticed and had learnt (oh yes, learnt) things about myself that I may not have before I had done so much writing in such a short period of time. Being forced—forced in the best way possible—to write and keep writing and to reach a goal I may never set for myself made me surpass expectations and learn more about my process of writing,  my abilities and my styles.

Loved it.

So, here are the topics that are coming:

(1) Always move forward.
(2) Outlining first.
(3) Dialogue is key to learning about a character.
(4) Google+ Community is incredible.

With this four-part series comes a revelation and decision…I may not be adding any more chapters up of my story for NaNoWriMo. I know there are a few holes and big pieces that have changed, so I think I need to add some edits and such before sharing more. I look at it as wanting the first half to match and make sense with the back half…but, edits may not occur for a month…well, at least a month.

But, I will be sure to post if I manage to make changes and such…The good news, there is a prize for winning NaNoWriMo that offers the winner 5 free copies of their finished book. Oh yes, that is happening. So, I definitely have work to do.

For now, I leave you with this…

Snoopy, you know what you are saying. So true…so true…

Enjoy. And Reed.

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