NaNoWriMo: Week 3 – It’s Crunch Time! 

Current Word Count: 30,433

“This year’s NaNoWriMo experience has so far taught me a lot about who I am as a writer and what I’m capable of accomplishing once I put my mind to it. My novel is most certainly a mess of a manuscript, but I’m enjoying the process so much, knowing that has begun to bother me so much less. “I’ll deal with it later,” I’d say, as I continue writing as much as I possibly can. I’ve noticed that there’s a part of me that has a newfound love for writing, one that hasn’t been present much of the year prior to this. Surely, I thought it was because I was just a little too uninspired. Turns out, I was just at a loss for words because I wasn’t putting in enough of the work. Cheers to making it this far!”

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NaNoWriMo 2016 has been quite the experience, for I’m exploring a new kind of plot, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I never thought I’d be able to carry it out the way I see it in my head. Granted, I’m still not entirely sure that it’s playing out how I saw it, but it’s getting there. This is indeed just the beginning, for I’ve got quite a lot more ground to cover. Though, I’ve been doing so much more than I anticipated I’d be capable of (this is coming from the same girl who before NaNo this year, wrote a total of 2k in about four months), so I can safely say that I’ve learned how to make progress.

I do know that I do my best writing during crunch time, that’s when I’m the most inspired, that’s when the thoughts have no choice but to flow. I have a lot more writing to do to reach 50k before the month is over, but I’m doing the best I can, and I’m happy with what I have so far. My favorite part about this entire experience is revisiting the feeling of starting off with an idea, and then slowly watching it turn into something you’ve never expected. There was one point in the past week where I had to stop writing, get up, and say, “Did that actually just happen?” It felt great.

It has gotten to a point where I’m excited to thumb through the finished plot, so that I could start working my way back, and making all the changes I’ve been itching to make all month. This week is going to be stressful, because I also have quite a lot of assignments I have to begin working on, but I’ll manage.

“I’ll manage because I’ve accepted this opportunity, and I’m going to do my utmost to reach my end goal.”

Regardless of all the things I am going to have to double up on, cram, or just flat out not do, I know that it’s worth it. I’ve prioritized my writing in such a way that I’ve yet to feel like I’m not capable of doing all that I need to do, and still have the time to write. So, with that being said, it’s going to be a lot of writing, but I’m ready. Are you?

Happy Writing!Love, Anisa Nasir (3)

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