Huzzah! I’ve just completed my first attempt at NaNoWriMo with three days to spare. The fifty thousand words ended up taking me through to what was planned as the first season of SuperZeroes back when it was still being envisioned as a television show. As such I’ve deemed it part one, with the intention to novelise the (very rough) plans for season two in NaNoWriMo 2016.
As for my thoughts on NaNoWriMo itself, it’s an experience I’d highly recommend to any budding writer. While certainly a challenge, it’s much more achievable than you might think. A meagre 1,666 words a day will carry you through to your goal, meaning that even if you miss a day here or there it’s still always possible to catch back up. I personally only ever wrote for a few hours in the afternoon on weekdays, finding that to be more than enough to keep my word counts up to snuff.
Many times when writing we tend to overthink things, grinding out a particular line or paragraph to try and get it just right. This attention to polish in early drafts can lead to a lack of progress, with far too many potential novels never making it beyond their first few chapters. In NaNoWriMo, this isn’t an option. You simply don’t have time. It’s first drafts all the way, which can be messy, crude, and probably a little bit awful but also oh so liberating. Producing consistent content is a genuine creative thrill, and you would be surprised how much of it you can actually squeeze out when working on the clock.
I would encourage any with interest in writing a novel to seriously consider it next November. I’ll be right there with you, cranking out SuperZeroes – Part 2!