Yet another post about me failing another NaNoWriMo event

Well, I did it. I’ve failed three NaNoWriMo events in a row (hold the applause). I don’t even have a good excuse this month. Yeah April was busy but so was last April and I finished that time. I don’t know what happened I couldn’t even get to the 5,000 mark this month.

However, I did start writing my book. Which is huge for me. I’ve been thinking about writing this book for months and I finally started it because of Camp NaNo. I plan on finishing this book at some point during 2017 but we will see if that happens.

This month was a good learning month for me though.

I learned that writing a Middle Grade book is not as easy as I thought it would be. For anyone else who has read a short middle grade book and thought “I bet I could write a book like that in less than month.” Spoiler alert, you’re wrong. Just because Middle Grade books tend to be shorter and more “simple” does not mean that they are easier to write. In fact I think they might be harder because of that.

I learned that third person, past tense  is hard for me to write. I’ve only ever written in first person, present tense in the past. When I started writing this new book it was like I was learning to write all over again. I kept having to go back and change words and cut out thoughts.

I also learned that if a book requires research it also needs a really good outline.


How did April treat you this month? Did you attempt Camp NaNoWriMo? If so how did you do?

4 thoughts on “Yet another post about me failing another NaNoWriMo event

  1. Amy Walters says:

    I failed NaNoWriMo in November. I just couldn’t get anywhere near where I needed to be. I hope to give it a go again in July, but who knows… I’m not sure if I’m up for the torture! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natalie says:

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂 November is always a busy month for me, I fail NaNoWriMo by a lot every time I try it. I’m not sure I’m going to be trying in July either, I don’t know that it is worth the stress and pressure of it.

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    • Natalie says:

      You should give it a go! It really is a lot fun. I decided to sit out Camp NaNo for July so I can focus on reading before school starts again. I do plan on participating in November though. 🙂


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