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I've participated in and won National Novel Writing Month for about 10 years, and this is the first year in a long time - if ever! - where I was actually...happy...with the result. There are a few reasons for this:
1 - I went in with one idea - a collection of linked stories - but that quickly went by the wayside when one story took on a life of its own. In the past, I would've forced myself to get back on the original track. This time, I just went with it. And you know what? I had a blast!
2 - I call myself a slow, meandering kind of writer. I'll write a few lines, analyze them to death, make some changes, write another few lines...zzzzzz. This time, I set deadlines - 30 minutes, 45 minute, 1 hour - and I. Just. Wrote. No dilly-dallying over word choice. No agonizing over possible plot directions. Sometimes I wrote three lines of description - I'll pick the best one during revisions. Sometimes I wrote the same scene in multiple ways - I'll pick the most interesting at a later date.
3 - I usually read over a chunk of the previous pages before starting a new writing session. This time, I only read the page before. Just the one. It was enough to get me back in the scene but not to the point where I ended up stalling, flailing around making changes but not moving the story forward.
Ah, sometimes it's nice to get a break - however small - from those pesky insecurities. I hope you all had a wonderful NaNo experience and/or a productive November!