What I learned from Nanowrimo

I recently finished a month long writing challenge called the National Novel Writing Month. It was thirty days of writing with the goal of achieving 50,000 words by the 30th. I finished this morning with 109 pages, 50, 706 words, and 1, 132 paragraphs to show for it. Thirty days ago, the prospect of writing 50,000 words in a month was, to say the least, a daunting task. In fact, I tried to lessen the difficulty by claiming I’d pursue 40,000 instead. Little by little, though, I stuck to it and finished. The challenge itself has taught me not only about writing but also about discipline, pursuing your dreams, and the power of story. I thought I’d share a few insights I gleaned from the challenge.

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Nanowrimo Week 3

It’s an incredible feeling to know that the ‘end’ is in sight. Often times I go jogging from my house to a little park about a mile away. My house is sandwiched between two streets, one of them leading to main road. On my run back home, I turn on my street and have a straight shot until I reach my doorstep. It’s my favorite part of the run because I can see my goal in the near future and all I have to do is stay the course.

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Nanowrimo Week 1

 

Last week I started a fun challenge called the National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo for short. It’s an opportunity to hunker down and write with reckless abandonment for thirty days. I picked the goal of 40,000 words by the end of the month. I just finished the first week and I’m at 12, 340 words. I still have a long way to go but the first part of the battle is over.

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