So how did NaNoWriMo help me?
The cool thing? Even though I didn’t have to turn in a certain word count anymore come Dec. 1, getting up at 5:30 had become a habit for me, I keep up (mostly) to this day. That’s how I finished the other 130,000 words needed to complete my novel and have continued to chug on to book number 2.
NaNoWriMo got me out of the habit of thinking every word and phrase had to be perfect before I committed it to computer – it doesn’t! Think of the other 11 months of the year as National Re-Write Month or NaNoReWri. (Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m still working on that one… )
Which brings up the age-old question – are you a seat of the pants kind of writer or an outliner? Guess what – doesn’t matter. You can outline ahead of time or hit the ground running on November 1, whatever floats your creative mojo. The important thing is to just write!
So whether you get a bigger group of writing buddies than there are Be-leibers in the world, or you just get a couple of your actual physical friends to join in the fun, you’ll be inspired, encouraged and surprised at how much more you enjoy the angst of writing.