Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close. Remember when July 1st rolled around?
More importantly, participating in this month long endeavour has given me a few lessons I will surely take down the road as a writer, a student, and as a person.
I’ve come a long way from not having any idea to nearly having a first draft of a novel complete in one month.
NaNoWriMo has taught me 10 unforgettable things that not only apply to writers but to students and even to average human beings.
I’ve learned (in no particular order):
- To always plan ahead.
- To develop a (writing) routine and stick with it.
- To allocate more time than necessary to complete a project.
- To silence the inner editor/critic/perfectionist.
- To learn when and how to say no.
- To stay efficient.
- To avoid distractions.
- To keep my sanity intact.
- To live a little.
- And anything is possible. You just have to want and work for it.