With my NaNoWriMo novel done I’ve gone back to working on Project Apollo, and in the month I’ve been away from it I’ve managed to loose half of my hard copy of the draft I’m working on, thankfully it did not have any notes on it so I’ve not lost anything that I can’t replace easily. It’s made me realise just how unorganised I am. When I put it to one side to start on NaNo I should have put it somewhere safe and not on a pile of other work.
That aside I am now officially finished NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve learnt a lot about myself, more so then in the last two years that I have done it. I’ve seen that I can be very productive when I’ve got my mind focused. I wrote this in first person which seems to be a style that suits me quite well.
My outline went out the window within the first five thousand words, but if I had thought of what I was going for before I started then I think I would have been able to write more depth in places where I skimmed over. I need to think through my characters back stories as well. That was something that I didn’t realise I had neglected until I was about 30k words into the story.
I’m sure the next few weeks I’ll be reflecting on all I’ve learnt during the month a little more and that is one of the things I love about NaNoWriMo, I always learn something. To me that is more important then hitting the 50k.