21 days in, 9 more to go. You’re more than two-thirds of the way there. But you might find yourself losing the motivation to be in your chair day after day, pounding away at the keyboard.
If you had high hopes for your NaNoWriMo novel and things don’t seem to be working out the way you expected, the option of quitting may be an attractive decision. Giving up now would mean more time to focus on work, school, friends, etc. But real writers would stick with it until completion, regardless of the quality produced.
When I’m not writing enough words under a specific span of time or if the quality does not match my expectations, my mind tells me to desert the project but my heart tells me to persevere. Why? Because I love writing. I love blogging. And the word count, the merit, the views, the likes, the secondary stuff is unimportant.
Persist. You’ll never know what the outcome may be unless you do.
I’m ready to switch things up especially since we are less than 2 weeks away from the end of November and the start of December. But honestly, I don’t want to bore my readers either. Notice the title, format, context modifications? So if you ever have a suggestion, idea or concern regarding this blog feel free to speak up via comment, email, anything really. Or forever hold your peace.
My prior experience has taught me that while attempting to write fifty-thousand words in a month, it isn’t the brightest idea to try to edit at the same time.
Silence that voice. Cage him or her in for 10 more days. Yes, you read that correctly. 10 more days. Then your editor can run wild all they want.
All the best,
I have a brilliant idea. Instead of bombarding you with text post after post, I’ll start including pictures too. Pretty brilliant huh?
Without further delay, question número 19 is…
What do I mean exactly?
Draw a map. In writing terms, this is your outline.
Know where the journey starts and which direction you’re going. The beginning of any novel is absolutely crucial.
Keep in mind how you are planning to get to the end of your story. What events will take you to the climax and on to the resolution?
Determine your destination even if you aren’t a hundred percent sure what it is. The law of primacy and recency means readers will remember the first thing they read as well as the last, most recent chapter or line over everything else.
Then write. And adapt. Of course, things will change. But by thinking ahead, you will be more prepared for any surprises down the road.
Continue writing but keep on thinking ahead!
For those curious as to what question 20 will be: is your inner editor dying to come out?
Is it just me or does it feel like something big is going to happen today? Regardless, we have reached day 18.
Is your story making you cry yet?
Your piece needs to evoke emotions from your readers. It doesn’t matter if you make them laugh, cry or shriek. What matters is you make them feel something when they are reading your story.
The best way to test that?
Check to see that your work has an effect on your mood. Does your novel make you excited and elated? Is there a scene that is depressing and gloomy? Do you feel shocked and scared for the next chapter? Frustrated and angered at the antagonist?
Because if you aren’t feeling anything, your readers surely won’t either.
Whatever you do, whatever you write, make your readers care. And the only way they’ll care is to ensure they are invested in your characters, your plot, your story.
Writers, continue tugging on people’s heart strings.
Here’s another question: are you thinking ahead?
13 days to go! So…
Has your story run its course?
By now, you’ve probably made much heed-way in your novel.
Hopefully you’re story isn’t over just yet. If you’re at about 30,000 words (assuming you write approximately 1,700 a day give or take), you need around 20,000 more to hit the 50,000 milestone.
And if you find yourself scratching your head, unsure of how to reach your goal, head on over to the NaNoWriMo forums for helpful support, wise advice, and—fingers crossed—some grand ideas to further your novel along.
The tricks and tips there are meant to help writers of all kind. What are you waiting for? Head over there now to join the discussion. Yes, now.
Cherish the rest of the weekend writing, my friends!
Saving this for Monday: is your story making you cry yet?
Do your characters drive your plot?
Well, that was quick. Heh, I’m being
lazy…I mean concise.
Keep writing. You can do it.
Next question: has your story run its course?
Congratulate yourself for coming this far. How does it feel to know you’re half-way through NaNoWriMo? Pat yourself on the back—you’re getting there!
As always the question of the day follows.
Have you neglected the rest of your life?
I get it. You’re busy writing a novel. This, however, does not mean you have the freedom to ignore every person, thing, and aspect in your life.
If you have a pressing obligation you’ve overlooked for the past fifteen days, maybe now’s the time to take care of it.
Since we’re half-way through, it’s also a great time to reconsider what is important to you right now. Writing is a no-brainer but what about exercising, reading, uh…sleeping?
Schedule some time in to sort out your priorities.
Slow down and take it easy for today, will ya?
Tomorrow’s question: do your characters drive your plot?
While the question below does not directly relate to writing, the question is still crucial to consider because if you aren’t careful, it could impact your NaNoWriMo participation.
Are you taking care of yourself?
- Are you sane?
- Are you healthy?
- Are you feeling happy?
Yes? Yes? Yes?
To some extent, the quality of your writing depends on the quality of your health.
So take care everyone.
Tomorrow we hit the half-way mark. *cue round of applause*
I’ll tackle this on Friday: have you neglected the rest of your life?