This is my fouth successful year doing NaNoWriMo. I’ve seen a lot of pros and cons about the 50K in 30 days writing exercise and I can totally understand both sides. On the pro side, it’s a push to get some writing done, especially if you’ve had an idea swirling around in your head that you’ve been meaning to get to. On the other hand, Nanowrimo emphasizes quanitity over quality and that’s not always a good thing. Yes, it’s great to get 50,000 words on the page, but even as a draft those words can be pretty rough.
That being said, I’ve found Nanowrimo to be a postive experience personally. I always have ideas in my head and Iike this rush of spilling them out. Unless you do a lot of prep and outlining before hand (not something I really do), there’s not a lot of time to think about how the story should be, it just has to come out. In all four times my stories have gone in directions I didn’t foresee when I started writing. I find that to be a really fun experience.
This year I started a horror story and about half way through I realized it was twisting more towards sci-fi. I resisted this ag first, since my intention was to write horror. So I sat there staring at a blank screen, thinking there was no way I was going to complete the 50K challenge at this pace. In desperation I let the new ideas come out and the words started flowing again.
I didn’t quite get to the end of my story when I hit the 50K, but I was really enjoying the new direction it had taken when I got there. I not far off from the end and I’ll keep working until I get there.
Now that I’ve had the experience of meeting this personal goal four times, my new goal is to push myself further. Rewriting my stories isn’t something I’ve pushed through to completion. I now have four drafts that I’ve been thinking about a lot. I’ve done some rewriting, but my new goal to shape these into something I would show someone.
Here’s to 2018!