Thanks to National Novel Writing Month, I have gotten back into writing. I believe a loss of motivation happens to everyone but this loss of motivation has been an issue for me for years. National Novel Writing Month does help me to come up with a schedule for writing activities and a deadline. Without a deadline, I tend to write very slowly or not at all. The latter part is far more worse than the former part.
After winning National Novel Writing Month twice, I realize that all I need to do is just write something or anything. To do so, gets my mind going. As I continue writing a story, the plot, characters, and other things come together. This is good as I tend to have a bunch of what ifs stuck in my head if I do not bother to continue typing my story for a few days to a few weeks. Such feelings are annoying and easily gotten rid of through writing.
My only negative effect from winning National Novel Writing Month is that I tend to think about the numbers of words in my story vs the quality of my story. Since I am editing my drafts, I am cutting out a ton of words that I have spent minutes to hours thinking of typing. From now on, I will only think of numbers when it comes to National Novel Writing Month. Any other month of the year, I will be thinking of the quality of my story instead.