Just over half a month into the NaNoWriMo challenge, I have realized the difficulty in writing (even just free writing) on ideas that have not fully developed. I have applied most of my spare time over these first two-odd weeks to writing, while challenging on some days, I was able to get some words on paper for most of these days. The one-month challenge has taught me many things about my writing process that I will be applying to other works.
- I found that I don’t write well on a timeline. Even if I have a little spare time, I don’t always feel motivated to achieve a goal. On the other hand, I sometime exceed my own goal if I am feeling especially creative. To stave off procrastination, I have looser deadlines, which I am confident that I will meet.
- My writing is very non-linear. When a great idea pops into my head, I jot it down into my notes and start expanding the idea immediately. Sometimes this ends up disturbing the flow of my writing, but I find my best work is driven by the thoughts that motivate me in the moment. In this challenge, I found myself skipping around way too much and had to confine myself to a more linear style of writing.
- There are so many wonderful bloggers out there in this writing month and I feel proud to have tried to match some of the output that you are able to create. I found it extremely motivating to know that other people are putting out a few thousand words a day; it had a positive effect on my own determination. I think if I was in a different situation, I really could have completed the challenge.
- I miss reading, sports, and TV shows. With all my spare time spent on one outlet, I started to miss all the other little things that I enjoy. With less of my free time dedicated just to sitting at a computer to type, I would feel a lot better.
For me, writing is an outlet for my creativity and I would like to keep it as enjoyable as possible. Thus, I have decided to spend the rest of the month (and future months) working on my original non-fiction novel at my own pace and reading up on other writing techniques. I don’t see my actions as a failure in the slightest, as I had learnt a lot from the experience. In the end, I don’t think this challenge was the right thing for me to do, but I am glad that I attempted it. Some quick links that caught my eye:
Best of luck to everyone trying to reach their writing goals!