It’s Nov. 30, and we’re getting down to the last hour of NaNoWriMo. I began National Novel Writing Month with the bare bones of a story in mind and a determination to give it life. I’m still typing away, but my story won’t be finished tonight. The characters are still taking shape and the four plot lines are somewhat unconnected fragments. I don’t see that as a bad thing, though.
Here are some of the things I learned from this writing adventure:
- When it comes to writing, I’m a sprinter, not a marathoner.
- Third-person writing is more difficult than it sounds.
- Plots do not just happen, but sometimes plot themes do.
- Dialogue is an art form.
In all, I’m quite satisfied with this first attempt at NaNoWriMo. No, I didn’t make the 50,000 word goal, and I don’t have a finished story. But I do have a 10,000-word start on a short story that will be finished, and there’s an idea in those words. And I’ve started a habit of looking for potential stories everywhere.