Plan, schedule, write – What I really won from NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo Winner!

It’s December 1 and NaNoWriMo is officially over. I’m a winner this year (yeah me!) and unlike the last time I won, the book I wrote isn’t the prize.

In November I wrote 75,268 words. That averages out to 2508 words per day. There was only one day that I wrote 0 words and that was the day after I finished. Not only that I had a day where I was able to write 6250 words, a personal best for me.

The book that will come out of NaNoWriMo 2015 is called Harbinger Hawk and it is the third book in my new Dylan Cold series. I think it is the best book I have ever written and I believe that people will really enjoy reading it. The other thing that came out of November is a writing habit that I love and that I expect to last for a long time.

My previous books were written out furiously at all times of the day. I would write 200 words any time I had the chance and sit in front of the screen for hours waiting for words to come out. When I was done with a book I would be exhausted and completely confused about how to start the next one. There was no process and no habit just a frantic race to get the words out of my head.

With all the things I had going on  in November I realised I had to plan out my story and my work. I started to schedule writing time, usually between 8:30 and 11:00 in the morning and work only on writing new content during that time. When I’m going to write I sit in the same chair, light the same candle and listen to classical music.

NaNoWriMo helped me develop a better writing habit. I’m excited about the book I produced but I’m more excited about the books to come.

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