I have to say, this has been the best NaNoWriMo so far. I technically ‘won,’ but I didn’t finish the book. I plan on doing that later maybe for Camp NaNoWriMo (keep it in the family :-))
The reason this was the best NaNoWriMo, wasn’t because of word count (I’ve actually written more words in previous NaNos), it was because of the amazing people that I met this year through YouTube.
I started a YouTube channel a week or so before NaNoWriMo that focused completely on all things writing. I was nervous, definitely out of my comfort zone, especially talking about writing. I didn’t want to be judged or trolled or any other nightmare we’ve all read about on the Internet.
But I’ve been trying to push myself in the last year to do things that scare me because what else is life about if you don’t do the things you want because you’re afraid to do them?
So I did it and it was one of the best decisions I ever made! I met so many amazing writers. They were all so encouraging and supportive. I never dreamed it would be such a wonderful experience!
The writing itself was difficult this year. I have to admit there were times where I wanted to quit. I even switched projects for a day, but luckily, by just switching projects, it gave me a revelation of what I needed to do for the original novel I had been working on. I ended up re-writing my outline five days before NaNo was over! I knew I wasn’t going to finish the book, but at least I have a clear map to finish now.
Hitting that 50K felt really good! And I love that I have the entire journey documented on YouTube, with all the ups and downs!
I plan on continuing my writing journey both here and on YouTube. I love that I have a whole new community of writers that I can bounce ideas off of, turn to on my off days, and can mutually encourage each other to move forward and get our work out there!
NaNoWriMo may be over for this year, but the journey has just begun!
I'm a writer of YA fiction, fiction, comics, television and movies. I try to make all my stories full of jumbly goodness :-)