On Winning NaNoWriMo 2016

This year I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo for the first time.

It’s something I’ve always planned on doing but the timing has never been right and I’ve put it off. The timing wasn’t brilliant this year either but I decided just to go for it.

And hey, it worked. 50,000 words in 30 days. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty impressed with myself. I didn’t think I’d make it.

It was a tough month to make it work because half way through, I went back to work. It’s been tough adjusting to a new routine for all of us: Little Moore is used to spending every day with me, and now he has some with me, two with Daddy, one with Nonna and one at nursery. It’s disrupted us all a bit and we’re still finding our feet.

It’s also been a bad month sleeping wise for Little Moore. After sleeping the best he ever has while on holiday at the end of October, he’s taken two steps back and is now really hard to settle and wakes up every couple of hours in the night. It was tough when he did that before and I could still nap with him the day time, but it’s even tougher now I have to go to work. We’ve just found out he has foot and mouth disease (common in children as well as sheep, apparently) so I’m hoping he’ll get better once that’s cleared up.

Anyway, sometimes, after spending a couple of hours putting him to bed after work, I’d finally sit down and not want to write at all. But I still did it. I hit my word count most days, and did some extra in the beginning while I was keen to give me some leeway for later on. I downloaded Google Docs onto my phone, which helped me to write, as I could do it anywhere rather than having to sit down with my laptop.

While I’m glad I did it, and now have the best part of my novel written, I’m not sure I would do it again. The pressure of writing like that isn’t for me: sure, I got the words out, but I don’t think a lot of them are very good, and I really hated doing it sometimes. I think I’d rather write every day with a less strict word count/schedule to stick to, and that way I’ll enjoy the writing and hopefully write better too.

Still, this is something I’m proud of and really happy I did. I’d recommend giving it a go, even if it’s just to find that it’s not for you.