Since my last blog post on NaNoWriMo 2018, my motivation continued to come and go – sometimes I did 700 words in a day, sometimes more than 2000 (usually when I could split writing sessions up – that’s a good tip). Yesterday evening, I went to the local write-in with about 2500 words to go. I decided I was going to reach 50,000 words there and then – and after about an hour and a half of work, I managed it!
Admittedly, the short story anthology I was working on is far from finished; I ended up finishing eight stories so far. I want to complete as many as possible, though I’m not sure how many that will be in the end. Ultimately, this project was largely meant as a testing bed for the ideas that had been languishing in my notes for a while, and some turned out to be better than others.
Now that I have those ideas out of the way, I can start thinking of new ones which are meaty enough to merit full novels. While I’ve got quite a few ideas for blog posts that I want to work on, I also need to keep up the non-blog writing into December. If something is worthwhile but not always fun, like writing or running, you just need to try and persist – eventually it becomes part of your normal routine, and then you’re cooking!
How has NaNoWriMo 2018 been for you? Have you learned anything useful from the experience? Produced something that you’re going to edit and refine? Let me know in the comments!