With Project Eden (part 1), the yearly Nanoprep season ends as it started -- with me not writing enough!
But this year I wrote over 25k words in 20 days. 8 of the stories I did were nearly or well over the daily minimum I'll have to write for NaNoWriMo and it went extremely smoothly compared to previous years. The longest I sat waiting for inspiration was maybe 15 minutes, whereas the longest last year was over an hour.
No frustration, just writing. It was fun. It was some of my best work so far.
It was a great success.
So now what? NaNo is in 10 days, do I just relax? Not at all!
For the coming 10 days, I will indeed relax a bit and not write, but I will work out the characters for my novel and some of the plot points I want to go into. I won't plan too far ahead, and I won't plan too strictly, because I know myself.
I get new ideas or new directions constantly, and the end of my novel will be a moving target until I finish it.
I've always been a pantser (a pantser is someone who goes into NaNoWriMo with nothing planned and does all work within November), but last year it frustrated me. It wasn't a fun process.
See this post for details about how I felt about last year's NaNoWriMo.
This year I'll make sure it's better. As much as I can.
And I'm looking forward to it.