I finished NaNoWriMo 2012 yesterday night at 50,557 words. I also finished the novel with a plot twist and a cliff hanger.
For me NaNoWriMo isn’t a chance to ‘write a novel’. I never work on my serious works during this time. Instead it’s a month long writing exercise where I start with a small idea and see how far I can make it go with minimal planning.
Things I learned this year:
+ I really like Scrivener and plan on buying it.
– Don’t write from a POV that doesn’t work for the story.
(I wrote from a male POV but the story would have worked SO much better from the main female or third person) This is the second time I’ve done this, and I need to listen to my gut more than going with ‘what I want to do’.
+ I have lots of free time for writing, so I really need to just focus more.
(I totally watched ALL of The Walking Dead AND still managed to work full time and finish NaNo a day early)
+ Writing just to write without obsessing over the words is fun! (Edit later self. I spend way too much time editing as I go and I get nowhere, often)
– I write sci-fi for a reason. This year I tried to write something more contemporary (with a paranormal twist) and had some logistical issues with things like… it doesn’t take 4 days to drive straight across the USA.
Over all I’m glad that I did NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m also glad that it’s over. I want to focus on other projects now that I’m back in the habit of writing. And I’m going to take some of these lessons to heart as I do so.