“I hate writing, I love having written.” ― Dorothy Parker.
I did it! I’m a winner of NaNoWriMo! I actually wrote my book in a month. After taking over five years to write my first novel, it seemed nearly impossible to write my next in only thirty days. It was, at times, an agonizing journey, but I persevered and got her done, though. More importantly, I now have better writing habits after this experience. It’s not as difficult for me to sit down and write 2,000 words a day like it was before November. I’d struggle just to sit at the computer and begin writing; It would take forever to get in the writing zone. Now I don’t have a problem with it. Well, most days I don’t have a problem. Also, writing 2,000 words a day took me on average eight hours when writing Lucky Star, but now I can get 2,000 words done in two or three hours.
Overall, NaNoWriMo 2015 was a good experience for me.
I have A LOT of editing to do. My story is too short to be a full-length novel, so I’ll be adding a few more scenes. I used way too many unnecessary words that I’ll have to go back and cut out. I feel most of the story was me telling it rather than showing—I was eager to finish writing the first draft—so I’ll have to rewrite most of the story. I’ve stepped away from the book and I’ll come back and visit it again after New Years with fresh eyes.
Congrats to all of the other NaNoWriMo winners! Cheers!