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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.

 

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NaNoWriMo

When Maddison Willows walks back into school a month after her brother’s brutal murder no one is shocked.
Because no one knows.

Not even Maddison.

All they know is that Maddison tried to kill herself. She has the horizontal scars on her wrists to prove it.
But, she didn’t do it.

Only I know the truth, and I intend to keep it that way. Or I had. But something is happening to Maddison, and I keep finding myself drawn to her side. Walking the streets at night in the rain, barefoot. Digging up bones in my front yard. Remembering… I have to make it stop, but it’s starting to look like I don’t know how.

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I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year. This will be my 5th time. I’m looking forward to it, and I love my novel idea. If you’re also participating, please check out my NaNoWriMo Page and add me. Let’s support each other an write a novel in a month!