Amy Drown | NaNoWriMo Is Over: Lessons Learned
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NaNoWriMo Is Over: Lessons Learned

This was my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month, but as I stated in a previous post, 50,000 words in 30 days was never my ultimate goal. Would’ve been nice! But after nearly half a year of doing absolutely no writing whatsoever, my primary objective with NaNoWriMo was to do something every day, regardless of word count. And I did! So in that respect, I’m calling myself a “Winner.”


One thing I learned about myself during this process? I am NOT a daily-word-count writer. My creative process needs to ebb and flow more than that: I need peaks of writing performance interspersed with valleys of brainstorming, exploring backstory, research, and daydreaming. My productivity is actually greater when I designate specific writing days and use the two or three days leading up to them to “rev up”!

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