What I’ve learned from NaNoWriMo & NaBloPoMo


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What I’ve learned from obsessively writing for participating in NaNoWriMo & NaBloPoMo during the month of November, 2010:


  • It’s OK to do something goofy and impossible sounding once in a while.
  • It’s not a good idea to do both NaNoWriMo & NaBloPoMo at the same time. (Even though I completed both!) That being said, though, it was sometimes refreshing to take an idea that I had meandered on about four hours, and have to distill it down for a public blog post.
  • Writing is a habit I’ve missed.
  • Writing brings up painful things. Which is why, although I had kept journals almost since I’d learned to write, I gave it up for a number of years after my mom died.
  • Writing can get you through tough times. I could have just quit and disappeared into my grief when Deimos grew sick and died this month. Instead, I was able to work through it much better than in February when I lost my friend Connecticut. Why did I ever deny myself this outlet?
  • When you do too many things at once, something has got to give. What I didn’t let give, was eating well and getting regular exercise. However, I had to dial back my volunteer advocacy efforts just a little, while still helping the major events to go smoothly. (Less meetings, a little less time at the studio.) And it’s nice to have an understanding hubby who picks up some of the slack around the house.
  • Write in the morning before work, and before the day gets away from you. Even if you’re not a morning person.
  • Girl looks up from coloring

  • Write way more daily at the beginning of the month than you think you need to. I thought I did this, but it wasn’t enough. I hit a distinct plateau mid month, then had to write like a crazy lady over the holiday and almost up to the last-minute to catch up.
  • Writing is sometimes lonely, but that’s OK.
  • It’s hard to be pithy and/or eloquent every single day. Especially when you’ve just spent several hours trying to get your word count in for NaNoWriMo. And it’s 11:45 p.m.
  • If you consistently post your blog post right before midnight, not that many people will see it.
  • My smart phone doesn’t take great photos. It lacks a flash, and I took most of my photos at night. It is conveniently available, but if I want engaging photos, especially of food, I might want to learn how to use the nicer digital camera.

Here’s hoping that I’ve created a blogging habit and I won’t wait until next November to post again.