Did you take part in Nanowrimo? So what was your experience? Are you the one who has come away chest puffed out with pride, a swagger in your walk and brimming with confidence in your writing? Or are you the one who’d run away screaming if the word happened to be mentioned within your hearing?

Here is what I came away with from taking part in Nanowrimo.

First, I think it’s worth taking part in it and yes, I think every writer should, if only as an exercise in disciplined writing. There’s nothing like it in putting writing to the forefront of your mind and not just let it be one of the things in your to-do list, as it happens to become. Even the most dedicated writers find ways to get distracted in today’s world, all too easy, at least for me, so enrolling in a must-do competition is definitely profitable to your productiveness.

The important lessons I took from Nanowrimo, and in winning it – yes, didn’t I mention I made it? well, I did 🙂 – are these :

Muse was no longer moody

This was one of the surprises Nano sprung on me. At around the midway point I was doing it half-heartedly, not sure I could do it with the things I had on my schedule. I was around 13k words in and I thought this was the moment when I had to either really try or let go of it and attend to ‘life’. So making a decision, I got to it, with no clear planning of the story. A wonder happened. Instead of my muse retreating under pressure, it became like tiger with a prey. Let me at him. Words came easier the more I progressed, failry spilling onto the screen till the keyboard chatter became music to my ears. Well, sort of. It felt nice to say 😉

Random things put in tied up

Miracles happened. What else could I call it? I hadn’t the faintest idea about the end of the story. Then the last day a light bulb moment occurred to devise the end. I just put in something random like khanabdosh ie gypsies – can’t get more random than that, can you – and it yielded result. It tied in perfectly with the hero’s plan and also made the hero action oriented. The pieces just fell in place.

Didn’t make time, generated it 

That’s what it felt like. I began to look for writing moments actively and scribble away whenever I got time. I wrote no matter what, charged by coffee, comforted by chocolate. I wouldn’t say I got disciplined because that means being organised in your whole day. which I definitely wasn’t. But giving no attention to the daily hassles of everyday world, which did a fade out as soon as my fingers touched the keyboard, I was off. And getting lost in make-believe felt better and better. Though, it isn’t what I can afford to do every month or even every other month, for getting writing done in heaps, it works.

Cheers count a lot

I learnt that company matters. The online group writing sprints, or just catching up and reporting progress, it all helps. Accountability is the trigger of discipline after all. If you have folks cheering you on, nothing better. In fact I couldn’t have made it without my Wrimo group friends egging me on.Thanks, folks! 🙂

So what’s your take on Nanowrimo? Should or shouldn’t? Did you attempt? If you didn’t, why not. What are the advantages or disadvantages of Nanowrimo? If you had taken part, would you do it again next year? Why or why not? Let’s talk Nanowrimo for a little longer…


Comments on: "Let’s talk Nanowrimo a little while longer" (4)

  1. Loved the journey through NaNoWriMo. I am very fresh into the market of writing. I did not know that the one i have registered could put a challenge in front of me of writing a story in 30 days. Except for writing once a while about some special experience i hardly wrote, not in my wildest dreams i thought i would be able to accomplish a story.
    I went through all that you have mentioned above but had a gut feeling that this experience was only because i was a first timer. Now you have proved me wrong and i will have to go through all of it the next season.
    This is going to be a memorable experience for me and only because of this i came to know about some beautiful people and you are one among them.

    • Thanks, Sujata and may I say likewise for me? The first time Nanowrimo can feel a little daunting. I know it was for me last year. Great to know you’re set on the next session. All the very best for it!

  2. Sigh! What do I say? Yes Ruchi, Nanowrimo has left me elated. Every morning I get up feeling great at having written 50,000 words. But you know what? Everything else seems to have lost it’s importance. I got so used to writing that if I don’t write at least 1,000 words a day, I feel guilty. I feel guilty if I’m reading a novel which I was supposed to read a month ago. I feel guilty while watching a film or even when I’m on facebook. I only feel better at doing something else only if I write 1,000 words first. Then my mind is a free bird.

    Still, I’m lazy and often skip writing those 1,000 words. On the positive side, I force myself to write at least 4 to 5 days a week. Especially if I’m going to waste my time for some entertainment which is going to take up 3-4 hours of my time, I make it a point to write my 1,000 words first and then go out. That’s the only way I can enjoy my outings.

    • Neelesh, it’s a terrific habit! I wish I were that disciplined to write 1k every day but I do it in fits and starts. Keep writing though don’t feel guilty about having fun. Once in a while it’s ok to let go 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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