We are coming up on the the middle of November. For those of you who are not aware, November is National Novel Writing Month (NanoWrimo).
Every November, writers all over the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in a month. That’s 1,667 words a day. Many authors have word count fever.
So, how is it coming? This year I decided to take a stab at it to see how far I can get on my next book. As of right now, I’m behind. I didn’t want to tell anyone I was even attempting this in case I didn’t make it, but here I am. I’m hoping to catch up this weekend. Is this you too?
Don’t feel bad, sometimes life just gets a little distracting. Especially if you have kids or heavy workloads or a million things going on at once. It doesn’t mean you’re not committed. It doesn’t mean you don’t have a great idea.
Keep on writing, you may surprise yourself by month’s end. Even if you don’t hit the 50,000 word goal, you will have a good start on your next book and that alone should make you feel good. That you made some progress compared to sitting in front of a blank screen.
Be proud that you tried, take stock of what worked and didn’t work for you, and plan to do better next year.
Just like trying anything new, you don’t know how it will go until you try and then you learn from your mistakes. As I told a friend of mine the other day, the only way you can fail at something is if you don’t try.
For those of you on the other end of the spectrum, I commend you. If you are a writer who has completed or almost completed a novel during this month, congratulations.
You know what works for you, you have a plan, and you stick to it. That is awesome. I wish you the best on this round and know that you are going to put out one amazing book soon.
No matter where you are in your progress right now, take heart and keep writing. In the end, we will all win because we have a solid start to our books and can move onward and upward. In the meantime, happy writing.