Yes, yes, I know it’s not over yet, and I’ve not finished my story yet, nor am I anywhere near finishing (next year’s challenge will probably be to FINISH a story in the month), but I might as well do this now 🙂
1. As cheesy as it sounds, these past 15 days have taught my a lot about myself. I now know that I have enough determination to do something, no matter how impossible it seems when I start, if I just want to finish it bad enough. I knew I was determined before that, but I also knew I gave up an awful lot. NaNoWriMo has also taught me the difference between “I can’t do this” and “I’m giving up”.
2. I’ve found that I can over come problems I’ve always had with my writing. Firstly, plots. I very rarely write with a plot, because I hate working them out. Four Leaf has a plot and I’ve shot through it. Secondly, long chapters. I’m cursed with the inability to write chapters over 2000 words long. In Four Leaf, the shortest chapter is approx 5k words. Longest is around 8k.
3. I’ve learned a lot about the community. I’ve been in a lot of online communities, and in general, everyone is out for themselves or the few friends they have. They don’t take the time to get to know others. The NaNoWriMo community is so much different. Everyone, with of course the few exceptions, is there for everyone. I honestly do not think I’d be anywhere near completion without the immense support the community gave me. Especially, the NaNoWriMo twitter community. There’ve been so many times when I’ve been so meh about finishing, or so proud I managed to bang out a few words, and I’ve posted about it on twitter and there would always, always be people who offered support, or congratulated on me. Last night, when I was running for the 50k line, I got so many messages of support it was overwhelming. When I got that 50k, I got so many messages of congratulations, it was overwhelming. I really, really do not think I would’ve done it without twitter and the NaNoWriMo community. So thank you, guys 🙂