I tried Nano – that’s NanoWriMo in November. That is where one writes 50,000 words in the month of November as a part of National Novel Month. This is what I learned:
-I had friends doing it with me. This was key for me as they provided support the online community couldn’t give. Plus, they understood that any progress is progress.
-Any progress is progress. I didn’t hit 50,000 words but was pleased that I had progress on my novel. Setting a goal that is right for what you need is important.
-I knew what I was writing was word salad and it still needs lots of editing.
The cons of NANO for me were that I couldn’t hit my word count, and be a mom, and prepare for the holidays, and go on Thanksgiving holiday, and then prepare for the next holiday, while keeping up with all my mom and wifely duties, and be a writer 24/7 or in other words, I lacked balance. (As does this sentence). That lack of balance put me behind on things so much that I still have yet to really hit the pages again with the gusto I had before, but I am getting there.
Would I do it again? Probably. It’s an excellent program and I give them all sorts of kudos.
It’d be super nice if someone would just give me a house in the woods for a month with no distractions or obligations… I could really do some damage then.