It was easier to write this year than 2011. Last year was the first time I ever participated but I had started my job and was just getting used to early mornings and have little time to do anything so I was shattered when the 1st December came around. This year I'm used to early morning and not enough free time at home. But this year I started November in the half term holiday which meant I had 4 days of getting well ahead and writing as much as I could.
Things I learnt:
Daily word count targets of at least 2000 words really helped me to keep me writing going. I didn't try to push myself into writing tons each day like I did last year. I wrote more at the weekends and if I could write an extra 1000 or 2000 words on a weekday I did. But if I didn't I told myself to not get stressed over it. 2000 was my goal and it was always enough to stay on target.
I didn't plot in detail like I did last year. I had a summary of what would happen and I just went from there. It felt like the plot moved itself instead of me forcing it to go wherever I wanted it. Scenes came to me as I wrote and they always fitted in nicely with the plot and events. It definitely felt easier to write without a detailed plot that I had to follow.
Wrong MC. There are still a lot of P.O.Vs from Scott who turned out to be a little passive and pushed away from the events that were happening. So I let Darren take the lead in some parts who was quite happy to move the plot and let his curiosity and impulsiveness lead all the characters back to the haunted hotel. Something Scott would never have done. But in the end Scott did willingly get involved and I'm liking the two male characters battling for MC status, especially when they're the complete opposite on some things.
I'm taking it as a good sign if I can creep myself out when writing this WiP. The hanging ghost scenes made me a little jumpy. And then there were quite a lot of times when I would pause when writing and the word count would end in 666. No lie. =/
Will I NaNo again?
You bet! Camp NaNo and NaNo here I come! Is it too early to start planning what to write next year? I already miss NaNo. ^^
How did your NaNo experience go? Anyone new to it this year?