My NaNoWriMo Experience | Week #3 & Last Post 💻

 💻 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day enjoying all your reading & having a wonderful writing process (if you write, of course) ❤️ Today I’ve come with another post where my plan is to share with you all my experience participating for the first time in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), both my good moments and my not so good ones, my writing process, what kind of project I’m working on and simply put all my feelings here to be able to chat a little with you about how I’m feeling and how my progress is going.  

I think that sharing my creative process could be something super positive for me, one of my main goals is to be able to learn while also beginning to know myself more deeply as a writer.
I hope we can, not only talk about my own process, but I’m dying to know everything you can reveal about your own projects as well, so don’t hesitate to tell me everything about how you’re doing and leave any link to your own writing posts so we can all check them outWe’re going to support each other, that’s the most important thing. 👏🏻
I also want you to know that 
I’m absolutely open to any type of criticism and above all advice if it’s with love and respect, everything is welcome, I’m here to grow and learn, so it would be very useful to have all the information & opinions I can. 😍 

I don’t have any kind of structure designed for these posts, I like to structure my posts, but this time I’ll go with the flow and with what feels good every week, the important thing is that you’re here to support me and you know that I will always be here to support you. 🥰
I hope you enjoy this mini-series, that it’s something that can serve you in some way too, and that’s it, I LOVE you, thank you for always being there for me & without further ado, LET’S START!

📝 I wrote a little over 30k words!!

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I know this will probably come as a surprise to most but after reaching 30k words, I decided that I’m absolutely happy with what I’ve achieved with my WIP so far, I feel super pleased with everything I have written and even though it needs work, I know that I have solid foundations to continue from here.
These last few days I’ve been feeling anxious because of the weight of having to write a certain number of words every day, and you know that as I always say here, the main thing for me is to take care of my mental health, so because of this, I already feel comfortable and satisfied with what I’ve achieved so far, so I’ve decided to take a step back and leave it here, thus say goodbye to NaNoWriMo.
I know there’s still a week left and I could probably write at least 10k more words, but that’s not what I need right now or what feels right. This is a super important thing for me, my story is valuable so I don’t want to continue writing with the sole objective of finishing the challenge, that doesn’t make sense to me, especially because I still have to plan better what direction my story will take after the Chapter 10.
I think I’ve been doing everything pretty well, but at the same time, I know and feel that I need a little rest and just be there relaxed reading a book without worrying because I don’t know when or how much time I will have to write, you know?

At first, when I thought about the possibility of leaving it there, and “abandoning” the challenge, I felt a little guilty because I LOVE sharing these posts with you and I also wanted to be an incentive for you, but then I thought better and I can see that the best way to be there for you is being authentic with myself and showing you that it’s okay if you can’t handle everything. We’ve talked a bit about feeling like you have to do it all in THIS POST, and I feel good to be here today telling you that I choose to prioritize and respect my creative times and my mind. I hope that if at any time you feel that it’s too much for you, you also choose what feels right without any precision, no one can or has the power to judge your actions, only yourself, so celebrate that you’re putting yourself and your mental health first.
Of course, I’m not abandoning my project, The Wisteria Project is my baby, I’ll continue with it in December because I’ll take a couple of weeks away from it, I think it’s a good way to then go back and correct some points, maybe add new things, remove others and continue moving forward.
This is just a “see you later” for my project and “until next year” for NaNo, who has undoubtedly helped me a lot, I feel super happy to have participated, I feel in some way I am a winner and it’s a great opportunity to develop your ideas and put your mind to work. It’s a beautiful opportunity to create fantastic things along with so many writers around the world.

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I think that participating in NaNoWriMo tests you in many ways and makes you learn many things about yourself as a writer and as a human being. For me it was an extremely positive process, I had never written every single day before, and that’s a very good habit to have, but also something exhausting, especially if you have a number of specific words that you must write so as not to be left behind. So I think despite teaching you to have a little discipline and conviction, you know? It also teaches you that you’re capable of doing things that you may have been procrastinating for no reason, which is great!
But I’ve also learned that I have to be attentive to how much I want to give of myself and how much I can give in my creative process, sometimes I feel that maybe we write and write to reach the final goal, but I’ve realized that’s not the true goal, rather, finally putting your story to work, and if you can’t or don’t feel like writing for a few days, I don’t think we should be hard on ourselves, our brain needs rest too, and that’s undoubtedly one of the biggest lessons I have. I learned that if I don’t feel comfortable writing 2k words per day doesn’t mean that I’m not capable of doing it, only that I must prioritize my time and give myself the necessary spaces.
This is a super intense challenge that will take you to your limit and I’m sure that we’re all capable of finishing it, but remember that even when you’re capable, quality over quantity is always a priority, I prefer you to write 2k good words than 50k that you will end up removing later.

I also learned about myself that I love editing and correcting my own scenes, which is something new for me. I learned that I’m a fairly fast writer and that dialogues are easy for me. I also learned that I’m very bad with the description of scenarios and that’s something that I will be working on more. I also learned that I LOVE sharing with you, which I plan to continue doing & above all, I understand now that this story that has been being created in my head for years is actually worth to tell, I think it will be something in the future and that’s really exciting. Finally, I learned that it’s okay if what I write needs work, that I can put aside my perfectionist’s brain and do my best anyway.
It has been a beautiful experience that has allowed me to share another of my passions in addition to reading, so I’m super happy with it, I’m a little wiser now.

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You know I’m a sensitive being, so I have to thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me during these wonderful weeks, both encouraging me about my writing and NaNo as also giving me your opinion about my WIP, always being so honest and kind, I feel SO BLESSED, to have you in my life.
Also thank you for supporting my blog and understanding that I haven’t had time to answer all the comments, and even so, you’re there and you continue to visit my posts, that’s wonderful, I have no words.
I haven’t done blog hopping for a long time, which I’ll prioritize now that I have more time, I promise, you deserve the love and all my support.
To finish with the post, I want to share with you that my plan at least for next year is to continue bringing posts about writing, my project, and other related things so that we can continue to share ideas and have an exchange of opinions, it will also be a good opportunity to also support your projects and give them recognition.
I LOVE YOU FOREVER, thank you so much and I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend! See you soon with more posts and in 2021 with more writing posts!!

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I hope you’re having a great weekend & have an even better week!
I hope you’re also having a few weeks of wonderful writing, always putting your mental health first and giving yourself the necessary breaks.

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 🌿 Thank you SO much again for supporting me during these weeks that I have participated in the NaNoWriMo, it has been a beautiful experience, and even more beautiful was having shared it with you 🌿



36 thoughts on “My NaNoWriMo Experience | Week #3 & Last Post 💻

  1. 30k is a lot – im so proud of you for writing so much!! i would never be able to write 30k – forget 50!!
    i can’t wait to read what you’ve written, and to see what comes after chapter 10, because i loved the excerpt you had given earlier!! ❤❤
    will you be putting it up anywhere, because i cant wait to read it 🙈🥰
    happy reading (and writing) ❤😊

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    • Thank you SO much Ahaana, you’re very sweet, your support really means a lot. 😭😭😭
      I’m happy with what I’ve written and I know that I’ll continue from now on at my own pace and with a better plan first. 😄
      I still don’t think I’m ready to share more until I’m more satisfied with my work, but surely in the future I will. 👏🏻✨
      Thanks again, beautiful, have an AMAZING day ❤️❤️

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  2. So nice to hear that you had a good experience with NaNoWriMo this year!

    And reassuring for me to know I’m not the only one who is taking a break this last week 😀 Life started getting in the way and I found myself getting stressed and anxious that I wasn’t writing everyday or meeting my word count. I don’t want to write just to write, cause then it doesn’t seem worth it. I want the words I get out to still mean something. Like you said, it isn’t about the goal, it’s about getting your story to work. I started my novel last November and have been stuck on it since. So while I only accomplished about 15 000 words I finally have an outline, and a world, characters I love, and a passion to finish this story, and to me that’s a win!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience and best of luck with your story going forward!! – Amber

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    • Thank you SO much, Amber!! ❤️ Oh, I completely understand that, and I agree, it shouldn’t become a MUST do, you know? When it stops being something that feels good, it’s best to leave it, I feel that it’s wise to take care of ourselves 🥺👏🏻 & YAY!! ✨ Super happy you already have your story better planned, nothing is more important than that and I’m sure it will be wonderful. 🥰
      Good luck with your story too, beautiful! & Thank you SO much again ❤️

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  3. Congratulations! 30K is an amazing number. I’m glad you had such a rewarding experience.

    I’m working on the same project from last NaNoWriMo. Last year I reached about 33K and edited it down to around 28K before I began this year. It has been a very different experience for me this year since I have an almost 2 month old baby. I’ve only written about 14K words, but I have managed to write every day, which is better than last year. I’ve also teamed up with some really great writing buddies who keep me motivated!

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    • Thank you SO much, Dani!! ❤️ I love that you share your experience with me, that means a lot, the fact that you’re participating in NaNo having a baby is just AMAZING. 👏🏻✨
      I’m glad you’re writing every day, I think gaining that kind of habit is super positive!! 😍 I wish you only the best for your project, I know you’ll make it incredible 😊

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  4. Wow, 30K is amazing, Sofii! It’s lovely that you’ve decided to prioritize your mental health and choose what feels right. NaNoWriMo can be so stressful, so please don’t feel guilty about taking a break! I’ve only written about 13K words, but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far because I’ve been able to get back in the habit of writing consistently. Thank you for sharing about your NaNo experience, and I hope you have a beautiful week!❤️

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    • Thank you SO much, honey!! ❤️ I really felt that it was the best for me and I don’t regret it, I’m pleased with my decision. 🥰
      You’re so sweet, your words mean a lot to me 😭 & That’s wonderful! 😍
      I think getting into the habit of writing every day is great, I’m happy for you and also super proud of your progress. 👏🏻👏🏻
      It makes me happy that you liked the posts and I wish you the best with your projects 🥺✨✨

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  5. I understand what you mean. I also feel like nanowrimo is intense sometimes and that, the end result will not be good enough if you only have your mind set on getting to 50000 words. I believe you are brave to have decided to stop. Some people don’t realize that they have that option. I find the title of your novel intriguing and I hope we can get a sample of it when you are ready, to share it with us. Keep up the good work!


  6. 🎉 Congrats on writing 30k words, that’s amazing Sofii! ❤️ It’s also amazing how you were able to say enough is enough and when to quit… I know I wouldn’t be able to do that. I’m glad to hear you were able to learn a lot about yourself and your writing through this journey! I loved reading your updates! 😊

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    • Thank you SO much, honey!!! It was difficult to learn, but now I know that I must prioritize my mental health, so I feel super at peace with my decision. 😊✨✨✨
      Thank you for your support, Meghan, you know that I value it very much & it makes me happy that you liked these posts, I loved writing them ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. Congrats on writing 30k! I am also so glad to hear you were able to learn so much from this experience and were brave enough to quit it. And I think that NaNo according to me is not about the 50k words but more about taking the time to prioritise your writing, which you did, and so, of course, you’re a winner!
    All the best for your future with your WIP and I love hearing about it

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    • Thank you SO SO much!!! ❤️ It really felt like taking a step back was the best decision and I’m glad I made it. 😊✨ Aww, you’re the sweetest, thank you very much!!! I totally agree, it’s about learning, growing and creating a writing habit, and it has made me very happy to live the experience. 😍
      Thanks again!! Have a beautiful day 🥰

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  8. This is so wonderful! I really like where you said, “I feel good to be here today telling you that I choose to prioritize and respect my creative times and my mind.”

    I just reached the 30k threshold and have been debating whether or not to continue. I’m not necessarily creatively burned out yet but I feel really weary lately (probably due to the sun going down at like 4pm pretty much). I prefer to write at a slower pace. I really want to win this year because it’s my third year doing Nano, but it’s also not the end of the world if I don’t. Life will go on.

    Great post!

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    • It makes me so happy you highlight that because I really feel extremely proud to be able to say when enough is enough and take a step to the side, I hope someone reads this and serves them in some way. 🥺🥺🥺✨ Congratulations on the 30k, I love that!! 😍 and I wish you all the luck if you decide to continue with your project, but it’s perfecr if you decide that you’ll not do it, the important thing is to learn and grow. 😍✨
      Have a more beautiful day 🌻


  9. 30K is a fantastic amount, congrats! I’m glad you enjoyed the experience this year. It sounds like a tough choice to finish early, but best to have a positive time with it even if that means quitting while you’re ahead. It sounds like you did great and learned a lot! 🙂

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  10. i am super late to this post, but i am so glad you had a good nano experience, sofii! i think the most important thing it is to feel satisfied with what you accomplish, even if you don’t necessarily make it to the 50k words. i did end up getting to it, but i think the most satisfying part was just realizing that i *could*. i’ve always given up at projects halfway through, and this is definitely the longest i’ve ever spent dedicating myself to the same one thing, so i feel really proud & accomplished, not only because i “won nano”, but because i did something i didn’t think i could, and that’s definitely the most important!

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    • Lais, OMG!!! Congratulations on your achievement, that’s wonderful!! 🎉✨✨✨✨
      And it’s 100% as you say, it’s about having that satisfaction of knowing that we’re capable of more than we think, I love that. 😍
      I’m SO proud of you for achieving it, really, it’s wonderful ❤️ super happy for both of us, and because we were able to overcome ourselves 👏🏻🎉

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  11. This is such a great post!
    30K words is amazing and I’m so happy that you didn’t put that pressure in yourself cause creativity cannot be forced and 30k words in a month is awesome 🤩
    I really hope that I can read your book someday because it sounds awesome 😻

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