There are less than two weeks left in November, and NaNoWriMo is well under way. How far have you made it? Or, how close did you get before calling it a short story and downing a bottle of wine? Everyone has a story to tell, and even if it isn’t the story you originally planned, it’s a story nonetheless.
Numerous people have started what seemed to be a month of writing, but eventually it turned into a crash course in stamina. Do you have what it takes to finish? Many of you problem don’t, and a few might beat the 50,000 word limit, but the key is to keep writing no matter where your word count is today and that is what the WordPress bloggers in this post have done. They haven’t given up or shut down instead they’ve taken a deep breath and continued their work.
Vera Writes is a blog by Vera, who is a 50+ Christian woman with god on her side, and she loves nothing more than writing. Writing, however, hasn’t been so kind to Vera, for in her new post on NaNoWriMo, she states that “I am still chipping away at it, though it’s doubtful I’ll have 50,000 written by November 30th.” She admits that she has no idea what to write instead she decides that the only idea she really has is to fictionalize some of her own life. Maybe that doesn’t work for you, maybe you’re an amazing writer that can think of ideas out of the blue, but for Vera, what works for her is her own life experiences. If you want to follow Vera’s progress, she posts often on her blog at verawrites.com.
When it comes to NaNoWriMo, Shawna Schaefer is another WordPress blogger that has met her match. She’s currently three days behind and only at 23,000 words, but unfortunately for Shawna, she’s hit a brick wall. She set herself up for daily word goals, but after experiencing two days in a constant state of anxiety, she’s decided that word goals aren’t her thing. She vows to complete her novel by taking the “stop-and-smell-the-roses” attitude because life gets in the way sometime, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily too hard to handle. To continue on the journey with Shawna, visit her blog at schaefer11235.wordpress.com. Maybe when you see that stress of NaNoWriMo isn’t going to kill you, you—like Shawna—may be able to take a calming and new approach at your novel writing venture.
Unlike Vera and Shawna, the last blogger, Michelle, a.k.a. The Barenaked Critic, seems to have NaNoWriMo all figured out. It’s week 3 and your word count should be 30,000, but for Michelle, she’s at 36,713 and cruising along. At this point in the novel, she’s reached her first major plot point and is working on avoiding the fluff that comes with the happy “I love you” scenes. The problem she is worried most about is the upcoming Thanksgiving travel plans because her 6,713 word lead may help her, but she doubts that she’ll have time to write during her travel plans. To follow her NaNoWriMo adventure, visit her site here.
It doesn’t matter if you’re at 36,000 words or 6,000 words, the key isn’t to see how fast or how slow you write; and chances are if you’re at 6,000 words, you’re not going to make it. The key is to write. Do what you love and just write. Don’t worry about word count or November 30th, worry about characters, setting, and plot. I’ve taught myself that staring at the word count only slows me down. It’s when I hide it and just write that I realize that I can get a lot of my work done faster. So, stop worrying about words and start worrying about those characters that need a resolution. Once they find that resolution, your job is done.
Until next time,