It’s been long since I posted about NaNoWriMo. The absence might have said something about my status update. No prizes for guessing that I am behind.Yes! As the hands of the clock tick to the final hour, my word count stands at 26,283.
However, I shall not complain. This NaNoWriMo has been a great learning step for me. Until this November, I had never been been past ten thousand words. I am sure the twenty six thousand odd words that I have on the WIP will not all be usable, but at least I have a structure on which I can work later.
Besides the head-start, NaNoWriMo also taught me the value of planning beforehand. I started this WriMo almost on a whim, with no plot, no character sketch to go on. Of course, one month is long enough to come up with a plot, but it isn’t enough when you’re new to a full time day job and training for it. Given the circumstances that I am in, prior planning would have gone a long way in executing the novel.
Irrespective of the outcome, I am happy I took this challenge. I haven’t been able to write everyday as I hoped I would, but now I have a half-draft with me which will give me a reason to go back to it at a later stage. I also realized that I need to read a lot more to develop a style of my own, because even though I have big thoughts in mind, putting them on paper is not so easy.
Good thing is, now that WriMo will be over, I can get back to the small writing tasks that I had been putting off for a long time – making random character sketches, etc.
What about you? Did you take part in WriMo this year? How has your experience been like? Share your experience of NaNo in detail in a guest post on Scribbles@Arpita (irrespective of whether you completed 50k words or not). To share your experience, reach out to me using the contact form below. I’ll be waiting for your responses!