It’s the first Wednesday of November, which means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG)! The brainchild of Ninja Master Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG is here for you to spill your latest insecurities or inspire your fellow writers.
This month, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I choose to inspire 🙂
For the first time NaNo-er, the idea of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month can feel like this:
It’s intimidating. It’s downright terrifying sometimes. But what you need to remember is that NaNo isn’t just about sprinting to the end all willy-nilly. It’s about pushing yourself to write that novel, to see how much you can write in one day if you really, really try, and to say, “Yes. I did write a novel!” even if you don’t finish it by the end of November.
Case in point. Last year, I pushed myself harder than I had before or since and in one day I was able to write 5000 words. That’s huge. My previous best had been 2000. I discovered that when I really try and don’t give in to those oh so fun distractions of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube, I can pump out a lot of words. Not all of them were horrible either, which was a plus;-)
There are days where you’re going to feel like this:
And look like this:
And that’s okay. Truth be told, I look like that ( ^ ) most days, so you’re in good company 😉 When NaNo is over, whether or not you made the 50,000 words goal, the point is YOU WROTE WORDS!! That’s the first step! Good job!!
For those that do finish and go back to read your novel a couple of weeks later and react like this:
Don’t worry. You can revise. Everyone has to, you included. NO ONE writes a perfect first draft and that’s exactly what NaNo is going to help teach you. You’ll hear it more than once, and not just from me, but WRITING IS REWRITING. NaNo is to get that first draft done and out-of-the-way. You can spend more time making that thing sparkle through the next few weeks after November.
So, when you reach the end of NaNo and you look and feel like this:
Just remember, you are not alone. I’m right there, looking just like that along with you, and dancing through it all 😉
Now, go finish NaNo whatever way you can, be it with a finished first draft, or the beginning of a first draft. And just remember, every writer out there has been where you are now. And with IWSG, we’re here to help you through!
- National Novel Writing Month gives authors chance to tackle that project (rapidcityjournal.com)
- From a NaNoWriMo Writer (evelyneholingue.com)
- IWSG: Surrounded by Awesome (writingreadingandlife.wordpress.com)
- Write On! November Is National Novel Writing Month (mashable.com)