Sunday, December 2, 2012

NaNoWriMo from a teen's perspective

I know NaNo finished on Friday, but I would just like to share my experience of it with all of you. 

Being a teen with a dream is really hard. But I'm not going to go on about how hard it is compared to an adult's life, because it isn't. At different ages we have different challenges we come across and different problems we have to try and solve, and I guess that NaNo is the challenge that anyone is allowed to tackle no matter who they are.

I went in to the month thinking that I could write 50,000 words easily. Well, not easily. I thought it would be hard, but the month went by so much quicker than I first thought. There is never enough time in the day.

By the end of the month, I had managed to write just under (JUST!) 25,000 words. And for a first-timer, I don't think that is too bad at all.

It all came down to the simple fact of life. 

I am only human.

On top of school, dance classes, volunteering at my local Brownie group, homework, and musical rehearsals... I couldn't write the extra half of the target. It wasn't possible.

And I had two proper GCSE maths exams, so count revision as well! 

If you are like me and didn't make the 50,000 words this year, congratulations anyway! You started to achieve your dream and it is naturally supposed to be a long process. You just have to hang on in there and go at the pace that is most comfortable for you.

I don't regret taking part, and I don't think I ever will. Thanks to NaNo, I have been able to get the thoughts out of my head and on to paper. For once, I am really happy with this storyline and I fully plan on finishing my novel.

Congratulations to all who won and took part,
The Book Critic x

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