Feelings about NaNoWriMo 2013



Hey guys. I thought I would post about my overall NaNoWriMo 2013 experience before moving on with the usual blog schedule.

I felt that this year was my best NaNoWriMo year yet. I’m not sure if this is because of the book or the experience I had with it or maybe both, but that’s how I feel. For this year, I decided to re-write my novel, Whispertown. Since I started the original draft in 2009 or 2010, it really needed to be edited. But over the years I kept getting new ideas for it so I decided it needed a total re-write. Now that the book is complete, I can confidentially say that was the best decision I could have made. I thought it was a great book before, but now it’s even better.

One reason I enjoyed this year’s NaNoWriMo more than ones of the past is that I had a great group of writers to word war with. Word warring is when you get other writers to write with you. You agree on a certain amount of time to write, post what you’ve written, and get feedback. Then you keep doing this until you can no longer spend that time writing. I think it’s a great way to get a lot of writing done in a day AND get some early feedback. Others can also help nudge you in the right direction as well.

Sometimes NaNoWriMo can be difficult if you don’t have a quiet place to write as well, and this is a problem I usually have because my fiance’ is not always the quietest person ever. This month he became more interested in an online roleplaying game so I found myself having more quiet than usual. I believe that has helped contribute to my getting more done on a daily basis.

I’m proud to say that I only lost the inspiration to write for three or four days, and two of those was because I got sick and felt too terrible to write. Sometimes writing day after day can be tough! But I can fairly say that I enjoyed almost every day of it. 😉


How did you feel about this year’s NaNoWriMo? Did you meet your goal? Was there anything that you think would have made it better? I’d love to hear how your experience was!




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