It’s almost halfway through NaNoWriMo, the first-week excitement has gone and the harsh reality has set in. Writing 1,667 words a day is hard. Especially when it is on top of all the other things which you need to do each day. But those of you who are still on track- or at least still writing, I applaud you.
My Current Word Count: 13,356
Amount of Words Behind: 8,310
I am sorry to say that I am behind in my word count. And I mean super behind. In fact, a few days ago I had nearly completely given up hope and decided to quit NaNo. Every time I began to write I came up with some excuse not to- whether that be watching Lilo and Stitch (Oh my goodness Stitch is the cutest little thing- I cried!! This is my family, it is little and broken but still good. Yeah, still good. ) spending ages online shopping for a new phone case (Yes, I admit I bought a Lilo and Stitch phone case….). Anyways, yesterday I was over 10k words behind my target. But then I realized- failure is not an option. It’s NaNoWriMo! So I sat my butt into a chair and began to write. It was mentally painful- I did not know what to write and everything I seemed to type just sounded terrible. In the end, I decided to start the novel again (But of course I decided to include the words which I had written before in NaNo. The words were terrible, but they are still staying on my word count- I can’t catch up that much!). From starting afresh, and from a different character’s POV, I started to enjoy writing the story again. I’m still super behind but I am adamant to catch up and complete NaNoWriMo.
So why am I telling you this? Well, first of all, because you absolutely need to watch Lilo and Stitch (the film one- not the tv series. I mean come on…)! And also to show to that it is hard and exhausting to keep on writing this much per day, but you just need to keep persevering throughout the month- in December you can rest (And get all Christmassy!!). Also switch up where you write- whether it is a different room or writing in a coffee shop, I find it makes writing seem fresh and newer- causing me to write more. In addition, get in touch with people participating in NaNo (but you are reading this so I guess you already are!) especially in the NaNo forums as that is where a lot of participants (myself included) lurk. For additional motivation I definitely recommend going onto NaNoWriMo Word Sprints on twitter and doing some word sprints along with many other people as it is such a good incentive to write when others are at the same time as well as getting to share your word count each sprint. Also get candy. Candy is good, ooh and caffeine….
Apologies that this blog post is so very short, and late (agh, I swear this all I am saying at the end of each post!) But I will make sure to have a little updatey blog post thing in the next few days of my progress of trying to catch up as well as motivation for you guys! Also, I’d love to be your buddy on NaNoWriMo! This is a link to my profile. So good luck with your writing and watch Lilo and Stitch!! Bye for now and I leave you with a quote from Stitch which is in no way relevant to this post (cause why not?!).