💻 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 out. We’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!!
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.
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.
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.❤️
🌿 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 🌿