This year, NaNoWriMo is fun
I’m mid-way through my NaNoWriMo attempt as of today, and I’m taking a break for a little celebration. This year’s NaNo has been a totally different experience for me. The words have come more freely, and I’ve made it farther to 50,000 words already than I ever have before. I’m a big believer in joining NaNoWriMo even if you don’t feel like you can hit that 50,000-word mark, but man, it feels good to be on track.
This year is also different because I’m having so much fun writing. As I suspected, being in the habit of writing every day has made it easier to stick to the schedule. But NaNo has forced me to boost my daily writing totals, and that has had some surprising side effects. I’m pushing myself in a voice and genre that I’m not as comfortable with. My brain is surprising me with clever paragraphs when I think it’s well past the point of exhaustion. And by writing faster — and, as a result, getting through my story faster — I feel like I’m really in the plot, living it, breathing it, and thinking about it even when I’m not writing. It’s like reading a compelling book that you just can’t wait to pick up again — except that I’m reading it as I’m writing it.
I may try to stick to this boosted word count goal post-November, if these positive effects stick around. How’s your NaNo experience going this year?