Writing this novel, 50 thousand (excruciating) words, has been quite an experience. I have always had the “inner editor” syndrome, writing and editing at the same time. While this has worked well in many cases (mostly term papers and other school-related writings), it failed when working on creative pieces.
The “What is NaNoWriMo?” page probably puts it best:
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
I have to agree; I felt like a lot of my novel was crap. But I taught myself to get a good storyline down and actually write. I really think these skills will be helpful in the future, especially if I ever do any creative writing. I also have the beginnings of a my own novel down, which is probably the greatest outcome of this whole process.
In case you are wondering, no one gets to see the novel (except my hardy laptop and the NaNoWriMo word counting machine). This is not something that I would consider releasing in any way; it is just my way of learning and becoming a little better writer.
Anyways, now I can get back to my schoolwork, finish some websites I’ve been working on, and, mainly, catch up on sleep.