10 Things I Learned from Winning NaNoWriMo

I participated in NaNoWriMo this year, and actually completed it. “Won” as the lingo goes.

Here are some things I learned. Probably most people knew this stuff already, but eh, you go write 50,000 words in 30 days.


10. I can write 50,000 words in 30 days. More, actually, as my grand total was 50,070.



9. Like Cinderalla’s pumpkin coach, the NaNoWriMo validator disappears promptly at midnight in your timezone.


8. You can change your timezone on the NaNoWriMo website to validate after midnight.


7. It goes better when you write at a steady pace.



6. I’m terrible at going at a steady pace. (See my daily NaNoWriMo chart.)



5. Thanksgiving sure screws everything up (from a writing perspective – from an eating perspective, it’s awesome!)



4. Having someone to say, “Hey, ass, where are my chapters?!” is helpful, but you shouldn’t tell them that, because they will abuse their power.

Yes, we always chat like this

Yes, we always chat like this


3. Not everyone on Twitter is an asshole.


2. Sometimes you have to treat the writing process like the spoon in The Matrix: as though it doesn’t actually exist.



1. I need another 50,000-word month to finish my story.