With NaNoWriMo over, it’s time for me to take a minute to rest the brain before getting back to work with Racing the Rain. Had a better time this year, than I had last. Having a week off to focus on Ascension into Darkness was good, but next year, I will take two weeks off. It’s hard to get that large chunk of time off, but the way I see it, I put in a lot of time at the office, more than a lot of people. And because I don’t take off much during the year — this year was a week to get married and a week for NaNo – I believe I’ve earned the right to be able to be off for two weeks at the latter part of the year.
The time I spent with Ascension was a great experience. I am happy that I decided on working on the novel from scratch, because not only do I feel I am telling a better story, I am able to tie in events that have happened in the series without having to force it. It was cool that a character from a WIP title Numb, found his way into Ascension. I didn’t plan for it to happen, yet where he finally appeared made me smile as I write.
However, I have an unfinished project in Racing and there I should have my focus. While NaNo is a great time to discover new ideas, for me, it is practice of writing daily. Sometime with everything that encompasses my day, I forget the importance of having a daily writing habit. This month has me back into the habit of writing daily, which is good for not only my novel writing, but also for weekly things like blogging, short fiction writing and hell, maybe the occasional poem.
Winning NaNo alone is an accomplishment. It is not something everyone has done. However, the benefits of rekindling my creative spark, writing daily and wanting to revise work to send out are definitely awesome bonuses.
Can’t wait until next year!