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Friday, December 4, 2009

NaNoWriMo recap

Well, November is over. Can you believe we're only three weeks from Christmas? Yikes! How does the year go by so quickly?

NaNoWriMo 2009 is history. . . . Along with my own major shortfall of words. However, I'm that much farther along in this wip, so not all was lost.

Congratulations to all those who finished with 50,000 words. I know how incredible that feels. Even if they aren't all "good" words. That's okay, too.

I learned some things about my writing last month. The main thing is that I either have to dive into a wip with very little pre-planning or a complete detailed plan. There's no middle of the road for me.

Recently I took a little quiz to determine left brain vs. right brain, and which is more dominant. (Can't remember where/why I found this quiz, though.) It explained so much about me and how I approach every area of life: I am over 90% left-brained.

Now that won't come as a shock to those who know me, but it sure made me understand the dichotomy that is me. And I'm learning to accept it and I'm working to find ways to write that work for me.

What have you learned through your experience with NaNoWriMo this year? I know many of our ACFW Colorado members were participants. Please leave a comment with your answers.

Marjorie Vawter is a freelance editor and writer, who loves to encourage others to Christlikeness. She currently serves as ACFW Colorado Area Coordinator.

1 comment:

Elaine Clampitt said...

I learned that I can write faster than I thought but probably would do best if almost everything is pre-planned/plotted. Also, I can easily be distracted by "research" or marketing ideas - you name it. I'm really glad I did NaNoWriMo and hope to hit that 50,000 next year.

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