Last week, I conquered NaNoWriMo!
You were probably expecting an update on my progress a lot sooner, but the day after or really the minute after I won, I got sick. And I should’ve seen it coming with all of my family sick, but I was entirely too optimistic that I would be able to escape the sickness. Needless to say, I was pretty miserable for most of last week, but I am happy to say that I am back and ready to chat.
This year’s NaNoWriMo was a lot different from the years I’d done previously. For one, I outlined the book I wanted to do when I usually pants it the entire time. Another very crucial difference is that this year, I vlogged my entire month. For those of you who don’t know, and if you’re on the internet I’m not sure how you don’t know, but vlogging is similar to blogging in that you’re simply saying whatever is on your mind. In blogs, you write it and in vlogs you’re sitting in front of a camera and talking for a few minutes.
Vlogging gave my writing a new accountability. I knew that I had to do a vlog of my writing update so it made me want to have at least written a little something each day. Sure, there were days when I didn’t write at all, but knowing that I was keeping track of my progress made me want to do a little more than I would have probably done otherwise.
I was a lot more open in the vlogs than I expected I would be. I found myself not just talking about how many words I’d written that day, but also about how my day was, some new books I’d read and I even had an emotional heart-to-heart towards the end of the month (that’s Day 21, in case you wanted to know. If you’re not up for emotions, I’d skip that video if I were you.) It was so freeing and awesome sharing my experiences and everything that came with my day to day life. I’m not sure I would do it as frequently, but I definitely think it’s cool to share a little bit of my day with you all from time to time and it’s something I definitely plan on doing in the future.
NaNoWrimo is and always will be an awesome experience. This year alone, I’ve been opened up to so many new experiences, vlogging only being one of them. I went to my first in-person write-in this year and I also donated to NaNo for the first time. I enjoyed NaNo so much and I am so thankful for each and every year I do it. I’m already ready for next year!
But wait, there’s more…
The entire playlist of my NaNoVlogs is below. At the end of the playlist is the NaNoWriMo Tag and a video about Why you should Donate to NaNoWriMo. I hope you enjoy these videos. For more videos every Wednesday, please subscribe to my channel.