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NaNoWriMo 2013…Lessons Learned

This was my second attempt at NaNoWriMo, and my second loss. Technically it was a loss since I didn’t complete the 50,000 words in thirty days challenge.  I learned a lot, however, and definitely do not feel like a loser. I don’t feel like a winner, but I am learning skills and techniques that will get me closer to winning this challenge, perhaps next year? Yes, you read that right. I intend to try again next year. Why?

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default.”  ~~J. K. Rowling (Harvard Commencement, June 2008)

Mainly because I don’t want to fail by default. Writing has been a dream of mine since childhood. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I intend to keep learning and improving until I succeed. So if I intend to succeed at writing a novel, and possibly drafting a novel inside a month, I need to evaluate what worked for me and what didn’t so that I can do better next time.

Since I’m an optimist at heart, let’s start with what worked:

My creative corner is almost the way I want it.

Now, on to what did not work for me:

I have no idea what I can do about my health situation for next year, but I intend to plan those bad days into my writing schedule. I will take more advantage of what did work for me, and hope that helps mitigate what didn’t work for me. NaNoWriMo 2014 look out!

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