National Novel Writing Month is halfway done! Or there's halfway to go depending on your outlook...
Lessons I'm learning about myself as a writer during this year's NaNoWriMo effort:
- I draft much better when I'm confident in the outline of the story.
- I still discover things about my characters as I'm writing even if I have a detailed plot & character arc outline.
- Having a writing community (or multiple communities) is really encouraging!
- Visual graphs of my progress help to keep me going.
I'm having a lot of fun writing this draft of my novel. I put it away for all of 2020 because...pandemic / quarantine / moving across states / finishing college / parenting / homeschooling... But reconnecting with virtual writing groups as well as having two short stories published gave me the boost I needed to come back to the novel. Inspired by other writers online, I created a mood board for the novel and I'm tracking my word count progress on Twitter.
How I'm doing so far:
I'm approaching the 25% mark in the outline so it looks like this draft will end up at 100k words when it's finished.
Happy writing, everyone!