This month for Camp NaNoWriMo, I have been sharing writing advice that I have received from others this month. But what I didn’t listen to advice I had gotten back in January from Alexis Britton, a fellow contributor at The Mighty, when I interviewed her. In her interview titled, "When the Fog Clears", she talks about how when she wasn’t in a good mental state that she wasn’t able to write. When I asked her to give some advice she said:
Write when it feels natural to you, when you are in the correct mindset and when you feel like you can write to your best potential and get everything across you are wanting to say. It may be months in between when you feel you’re ready to write but that’s okay. Just don’t force it.
This past week has been crazy for me. I went from being at school about 3-4 days a week without a job to working 6 days a week. I haven’t adjusted to the schedules yet, especially when I’m doing my 5am shipment ships. It will come with time and I know I will get used to it quickly but it just wasn’t happening this month. And instead of stressing out over writing, I decided to take a break from writing my story.
But that’s okay. I was so stressed about fulfilling this promise that I made to myself but I had to accept that it’s okay to fail sometimes, as long as you learn from the experience. And I have learned a lot from this experience, even though I didn’t end up writing even half of what my goal was. The things that I learned are:
So, although I didn’t achieve my goal of writing 25,000 words in my story, I do feel like I learned a lot of other people’s writing processes and am using their techniques to incorporate into my own. And that’s what I think the point of Camp NaNo is: to learn and improve as a writer.
This experience definitely made me value the input of other writers, especially ones who are different than you. Sometimes a fresh and completely different perspective can pay off. I’m not going to be afraid to reach out to other’s for help and advice because that’s when you truly grow as a writer. Winning doesn't matter as long as you learn something!
Starting Word Count: 7,573
Ending Word Count: 8,895
This post is all about taking advice from other writers and learning from them. If you have any writing advice, please share it here. If I get enough replies, I may incorporate them into future blog post.