So that was NaNoWriMo 2013

Typewriter not used in NaNoWriMoSo NaNoWriMo 2013 is over and of over 300,000 registered entrants I am one of nearly 42,000 that managed to get to the 50,000 word target. In fact I did more, nearly 60,000 and should soon hit the 65,000 goal for the first draft of my novel The Third Door.

Was it worth it? Will it do it again?

The facts of NaNoWriMo for me

I made the target comfortably – I had some flexibility with work and no other crises to deal with. My preparation paid off (A Project Manager’s Approach to NaNoWriMo). I had a look back at my first attempt at a novel a couple of days ago. Like a lot of people I once bought a you can write a novel guide and slavishly followed it. The process was fine but I had no drive.

I checked – in more than two years I managed 80% of a draft that reached 70,000 words – NaNoWriMo was at least twenty times more productive! The drafting may not be as good, though I am a better writer than I was eight years ago when I tried to write The Damage of Life. I must have a look at finishing it some time!

What else?

I read a very good article on the BBC – Does everyone really have a novel in them? which I commend to anyone thinking about NaNoWriMo 2014. It gives plenty of insight into other aspects of NaNoWriMo which I shall be writing about at some stage.

Will I do it in 2014? Absolutely – I learned a lot about my style as a writer, my weaknesses and also drilled into some bad habits. I will also finish my draft, give it a week or so then read it through and correct it!

What about you – did you complete NaNoWriMo? How was it for you? Let me know!


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