It’s kind of like running a marathon, isn’t it? I mean, I wouldn’t know, I’ve never actually run a marathon, but I imagine there are parallels. I don’t usually begin my NaNo month blowing all of the words away. Usually when I start at the beginning of November, I haven’t written anything fresh in a while. It takes me a bit of time to get my writing fingers on, like training. As the days go on and the story develops the confidence builds and I feel ready to tackle longer stretches and harder scenes.
So if you’re seeing word counts float by that are higher than yours or if you’re not quite meeting your personal daily goals, don’t be discouraged. This is only the beginning.
My check-in: to remain accountable, I finished chapter 2 yesterday and am still liking the book. I do find the downside to prepping scenes in advance is that now I almost feel like I’m filling in the blanks instead of writing something new, but, again, that will change as I get deeper into the plot and really connect with the characters’ voices. I hope…
Why I NaNo
An interesting FB post prompted me to ask myself this question yesterday. It came from someone who noticed that many full-time writers stay they can’t do NaNo because they write full novels all the time and don’t have time to focus on one book in one month. I’ve seen statuses like this myself.
That’s cool. No one is forcing anyone to sit down and write 50k in a month, but personally it’s my favourite time to start a new project. So far in 2016, I’ve drafted 4 novels. Two of them have been during CampNaNo, and the fourth here for NaNo. The reason I stick with it is that I love the camaraderie.
Writing is a solitary endeavour, and while there are many FB groups for writers to talk about their craft, to work on sprints together, moan about the details together (I’m so grateful to social media for this luxury), NaNo is a time when writers of all levels are banding together to encourage each other to get those words down.
It’s the time of year when we’re louder, more determined – I can’t go on Twitter or Instagram these days without seeing a whole bunch of NaNo posts from people I didn’t even know were writers or from popular names who are still getting involved.
It’s great! I love being a part of that.
So to carry on with the wonderful tradition of NaNo encouragement: You can do this! You’ve still got 27 more days to get those words in, and I have full faith that you can.