November 5, 2014

The Goal of NaNoWriMo



As it is November and some of us are either gliding through NaNoWriMo or paddling desperately to stay afloat, I thought I would pen a few entries of my NaNo experience as well as (hopefully) help others.

Here's a little secret. This is my second attempt at NaNoWriMo. I signed up a few years ago, determined to write my novel in 30 days. Go me! That lasted until the second or third day when I was informed on my dashboard that I was behind in my word count and that I would need words each and every day in order to hit 50,000 words by November 30. I was panicked, overwhelmed and generally freaked out so I quit.

This year I began NaNoWriMo with an entirely different attitude and objective. The 50,000 word count is great but my priority is to just write. If I hit 50,000 words by the end of the month, hooray! If I don't . . . well, I don't. It's not like the NaNo police are going to show up and arrest me or even post my name and picture on their page for all to see.   No one is going to take my laptop away, my head is not going to blow up and it's not going to mean that I'm not a "real" writer.

If I write for the majority of the month, if I get the story that is nagging me incessantly onto the screen (seriously, these characters just will not shut up) - - and not even the story in its entirety but a portion of it - - I consider NaNoWriMo a success for myself.

Because I'm writing.

Repeat after me.

Because I'm writing.

Tell yourself that because, really, isn't that your ultimate goal? Isn't that why you sit down in front of a terrifyingly blank screen after working all day or early in the morning or while your friends and family are out playing (or all three) to pull every ounce of creative juice we can out of yourself and weave a story?    Or is that just me?

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo this year, give yourself a pat on the back. Shout it out! You deserve it! Tell yourself that whatever you achieve, whether it's 50,000 words or 5,000 or 500, is an awesome accomplishment because it's more than you had on October 31.

Jump in. Let me know what you think and how NaNoWriMo is working for you.

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