Week one is done and week two is on the horizon. Here are the lessons I’ve learned:
- I’ve overcome fear of not knowing where to start – sometimes you just have to dive in and start anywhere.
- I’ve worked my way though loathing my story – I hated it, I still hate it, but its gaining momentum. Not saying that I will keep this story (it could be on its way to file 13/the circular file the minute NANO is over and I have validated my word count) but I’m starting to see potential in my original idea
- Spurts reign supreme. I’ve garnered my biggest boost in numbers sticking to a 30 minute writing, 30 minute goofing off schedule. Those moments of rest give my mind enough of a reprieve to be ready to go at it again when the timer dings.
- Getting ahead of the game. My typical goal with NANO is to start strong. Life happens – to all of us – but if I can get ahead, boost those numbers and pad that count then I don’t feel so bad later in the month when family is calling and I have to choose between the holiday and my writing.
- Don’t give up. Many times I wanted to walk away, to throw my hands to the wind and say not this year. I teetered with this idea even before NANO began having to convince myself that I was committed enough to do this. And I’m glad I did. Watching that word count graph grow, the certificates and accolades from the program and participants keep me going. Oh how I appreciate the little things.
So I’ll head back to my cave and bury my head in the sand (at least for the next 30 minute). We shall see what week 2 brings, more revelations or more heartache.