I wrote, in the past, why I decided to do Nanowrimo last year, but it also taught me things about myself. As time has passed, I have realized it taught me more that the initial realizations.

For me, confirmations have always been the best for me to know I can do something or that I’ve done something right. Often, I can do this for myself because I will build confidence due to research. With Nano I went in almost blind. I only had a week to prep. I was taking in a lot of information in a short period, mostly alone researching, but also talking to veterans of the event.

Here I sit, months later, and I realize Nano taught me if I can focus I really can accomplish many things. I have always tried, but my life is often crazy busy, to type here and there, but all I can think was everything seemed to work out for me to get 2019 Nano done.

I am still pretty happy with myself for pushing myself. I work well under pressure and this was an entire event I expected to be nothing but pressure. I started off doing it roughly, pushing and pushing, but ultimately and very quickly I didn’t. I would relax and tell myself that it was okay, something is better than nothing.

Below is all the advice I can share on my experience, I hope it helps someone.

Advice to take away:

  1. Don’t give up
  2. Some words is better than no words
  3. Ignore the community factor if it’s hindering your progress. This is a self-challenge, not a challenge against others.
  4. 50,000 words breaks down easier than you think, just breathe, and you can do it
  5. Self-care is important, don’t push yourself to hit the goal.
  6. If you don’t hit the goal to ‘win’, reflect upon what you accomplished, and remember that was so much more than you started with.

Follow my blogging from last year’s Nanowrimo. Great to see the word count progress. Check out these links in order for a better idea of how little or how much you can do and still ‘win’.

I once said that ‘poetry wasn’t much my thing’, but in truth, poetry was in my story before my stories were.

Before I was an award-winning artist and author, with so many nominations to count, I was just a girl scribbling in notebooks whatever popped into her head. I never thought much of my poetry was ‘any good’, but I thought the same thing of my stories before taking the plunge in the middle of the night.

Last year, I put an older poem of mine in Southern Fried Anthology instead of a story to see the response leave to horror author L. Bachman being also a poet. The response was good and so, having dug into my old notebooks and realizing on the margins of notebooks full of my ideas and small scribbles that usually end up developed into full stories I was doing poetry again.

I wanted to polish these and put out a collection of them. Some are feel good and some not so much. I did say in an interview last year I would be spending this year to focus on my writing and producing some works, as much as I could get published out, and so that is what I’m doing. I’m working on creating content for consumption by the masses. I hope others will enjoy, but at the end of the day, I enjoy it. It’s therapeutic in a different way for me than my novellas or novels.

Poetry was and I’m finding has always been a way for me to work out very painful things from my life, whether it’s the sibling abuse I endured as a child or everyday struggles with…well anything.