Personal Reflection · Writing

10 Things Participating In NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me

Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close. Remember when July 1st rolled around?

The Start Of July = Camp NaNoWriMo Madness Begins

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.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2013

I’ve learned (in no particular order):

  1. To always plan ahead.
  2. To develop a (writing) routine and stick with it.
  3. To allocate more time than necessary to complete a project.
  4. To silence the inner editor/critic/perfectionist.
  5. To learn when and how to say no.
  6. To stay efficient.
  7. To avoid distractions.
  8. To keep my sanity intact.
  9. To live a little.
  10. And anything is possible. You just have to want and work for it.

6 thoughts on “10 Things Participating In NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me

    1. Thank you so much. Did you take part in it? And yes I do too. I have major respect to those writers who set out to write a first draft of a novel from scratch in one month. 😛 It certainly is a challenge that has taught me so much.


    1. I wish you the best of luck. It won’t be easy but NaNoWriMo is so rewarding. If anything, just have fun and enjoy the experience. Your writing will improve and your time management skills will too. Tell me how it goes. You’re welcome. 🙂


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