Happy Monday, SEers! It’s day two of the November write-a-thon known as NaNoWriMo.
At the same time, pace yourself. The danger with any race, especially a long-distance event, is burning out too soon. As someone who has done NaNo several times, I put the bulk of my energy up front. I’m one of those writers who burst from the gate with a bullet of speed. My first day word count in 2019 was 9,037. Pretty impressive, huh? (I’m writing this post ahead of time, prior to November 1, 2020 when, hopefully, I knock it out of the ballpark again).
But like the hare and the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race. It doesn’t matter how splashy your entrance, only that you cross the finish line.
Remember why you committed to NaNo in the first place. You challenged yourself to write 50K in thirty days. You’re in it for the long haul. Keep those words in mind—long haul. Right now everything is sparkly and exciting, easy to embrace. We’re in the rah-rah phase of NaNo. Should you get stuck in the days ahead, below are some tips to help you through:
- You can have a day with zero or below target word count and make it up later. There will be many days when you exceed your daily word count. Those are wins. Allow yourself some losses.
- Remind yourself why you chose to do NaNo in the first place. Whether you’re working on a book from scratch or adding to a WIP, you challenged yourself to a writing goal. That takes dedication. You’re off to an excellent start.
- Keep your writing adrenaline pumped. Blog about your progress. Share tweets and follow the #NaNoWriMo hashtag. Check in with your NaNo buddies and share your daily word count successes.
- Follow the encouragement posts on the NaNoWriMo website. Visit the forums. You are not in this alone!
I know it’s early yet, but I am behind you if you’re participating. I hope you’re having an awesome second day of writing. I’d love to hear about your progress in the comments. If you aren’t doing NaNo, tell me what you are working on. Let’s support each other with our WIPS!
Ready, set, go!