Whew! NaBloPoMo is coming to an end tomorrow and as much as I enjoyed the experience, I do have to admit, I am glad it’s over. I did learn a lot though, both about writing, and surprisingly, about myself.
First thing I learned was that posting everyday is not for me. I’m not sure if that’s because I am new to writing or because I just like to take my time. I like to think the idea over in my head and write a draft or two before I post. Having a time crunch forced to me post some things that I didn’t feel were ready for the world to see. I do think a lot of that was because I am new to all of this and I wonder if I were a better writer and blogger if maybe my content would not have been better.
Writing everyday felt a bit stressful but I think if I had prepared myself more I might have had an easier time of it, even being as new as I am. I should have written down some ideas ahead of time and maybe even got some outlines done. That way I could’ve written a few posts of with a bit more substance than, say, general updates on my life.
In the past week I have written a long list of post ideas and most will be tending toward the longform side of things, 1000 to 1500 words or more. Because of that I do expect that my posting frequency will drop conciderably. I am hoping for 4 or 5 days a week for now, maybe less, but that does not mean I won’t be writing everyday, just means I will be editing more.
I’ve also learned that inpsiration really is more about where your mind is then it does about where your body is. Within the first week or two of NaBloPoMo I began to think that because my life was boring at the moment that there would be a serious shortage of ideas to writie about. Turns out that isn’t true at all. I know I said my post weren’t as great as I had hoped they would be but I was able to do it everyday. I was able to come up with SOMETHING and I think that is more than a lot of people could do.
What I learned was that just sitting down to type and playing some good music to help you focus could go a long way. Just keep typing about whatever pops into your head and eventually something worth exploring will come to that surface. If you are having a particularly hard time drink some coffee and turn the music up louder. If you stil can’t think of anything, try alcohol. I guarantee the ideas will start flowing then!
I also learned that I prefer to write either early in the morning or late at night. I also learned that I like sitting at a desk more than on the couch or in the bed. The spare bedroom in our house is the best place because there is no TV in there to distract me. And I learned how to type around people who are uncomfortable with your silence and focus and want to talk to you even though they see you are busy. I eventually learned how to get them to leave you alone too.
I learned that my girlfriend is amazing and very supportive of my writing. There were many days when i felt I just wasn’t in the mood and she pushed me and reminded me that I would hate myself in the morning if I didn’t get some kind of writing done. She listened to all my blogging ideas and complaints and never once made me feel stupid or dorky. She even told me she believes I really should be a writer! That meant the world to me.
All in all it was a good thing. In fact, in spite of the stress and difficulty I plan on doing it again next year! It really was fun and I am proud of myself for getting through it. I encourage all bloggers to give it a try. You will learn something about yourself, I promise you that!