On the 1st November, instead of attacking the blank page and starting this ruthless challenge of writing 50,000 in a month, I finished my last two exams papers and ended up sleeping. It was only yesterday that I started to write, and my NaNo statistics are well below the expected word count… for the time being.
Are you in the same situation?
Don’t be discouraged. It is not the end of the world. And neither the end of NaNoWriMo.
We still have like 27 or more days (depending on the time zone) and I believe that we can all catch up. I’ve done NaNo last year and did Camp NaNoWriMo in August this year, and in both cases, there have been days when I had a sudden wave of inspiration and wrote a lot, while on other days, I was very lazy. But in the end, I won both.
This month will not be a stable and easy one. For us, writers, it will be challenging, tiring but also very inspiring, motivating.
Don’t look back and linger on the words you didn’t write, but think of the words you will write in the next few weeks. It’s never too late, especially not when we have just barely started.
Keep such a positive attitude is the key. Think positive! (I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, and how every day I struggle to live up to this principle.)
Don’t panic. Please. I quote my Sociology teacher while he was invigilating the examination room: “Take a deep breath. And work like it’s the easiest paper on earth.”
That’s what we have to do for NaNoWriMo. Don’t stress or freak out. Just breathe and… write! Write!
It’s our passion, writing, right? So let’s do this! Together!
Good luck to all the NaNoWriMo participants. I know that we have a long journey ahead.
An Evil Nymph.
PS: For this NaNoWriMo, my story is based on… Arthurian legends! Oh yes I’m so excited! I’ve always wanted to write Arthurian fiction, and now I have a plot, characters and all… which I’ve had since the beginning of the year in fact. Yep, I kept it all for this November.