We are now firmly ensconced in week three of NaNoWriMo. Congratulations to everyone on this wild ride with me, whether you’ve already finished, or you’re dragging along with 6000 words written, wondering why you ever started in the first place.
To the early winners — Great job! You totally owned it and flew through!
But to the ones who are struggling behind — Great job! Whatever your word count, no matter how low you think it is, those are words you didn’t have down before. Every single word is worth celebrating. Every. Word.
I’m tootling along, making pretty consistent progress. I did have a few non-starter days last week, but I caught back up and got ahead over the weekend. For the most part, I’ve been doing about 2000 words per day. This was my goal. 50,000 words will happen, whether I’m consistent about it or not. I can rock a deadline like you wouldn’t believe — but my method has always been of the last-minute variety. The goal here for me was to train myself to write every day (give or take) for a month. I’ve given myself permission to miss a day here and there, but the end result of the month needs to be the ability to make steady progress.
So. Last year’s NaNo was, for me, a lesson in finishing what I started. It was excruciatingly difficult. Fear of finishing always threw up roadblocks, and I would inevitably set whatever I was working on aside. I conquered that, and it was an amazing experience.
This year’s lesson is learning not to procrastinate. If this is going to be my life (and that is the end goal) it has to be a daily part of my routine. No more setting aside one or two days where I kill myself to produce 10,000 words. There’s no need for that. A little each day gets the job done in the same amount of time, but with less stress.
There are going to be bad days when the words don’t come. Push through them. There will be days when life tosses obstacles in your path. Go around them. There will be days when you’re just not feeling it. Get a manicure, buy yourself some frozen yogurt, or go see a movie.
Then get back to work.