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NaNo Day 15 – You are Halfway There!

So, you’ve made it halfway through the month of NaNo. You should be doing a victory dance!

For just a second, I want you to forget your wordcount. Even if you’re behind, you’ve done something amazing. You’ve written words, you’re bringing your story to life! Do a happy dance.

Now, back to me. The month is far from over. We still have half of it left! However, we’re on the downward climb! I know that things are going to get hard in these next two weeks. And I know that you’re going to want to give up… but just remember, you’re amazing. You are doing something that only a handful of people attempt – you’re writing a novel in a month. You’re creating (and potentially destroying, all of you post-apocalyptic writers!) an entire world, an entire universe in a month. You should really give yourself credit just for that alone.

These last two weeks are honestly the harder part of NaNo. That original shiney-ness of the novel is gone, and now we’re just plowing through to get to the end. I know, I understand. But, you can’t give up! You’re halfway there! Even if you’reĀ  behind on your wordcount, now is the time to set forth and get ahead again! Do some sprints, or wordwars! Do some crawls! If you need someone to sprint or war with, just message me on twitter @EgoDominusTuus, and I promise I’ll do everything that I can to help you out! Visit the NaNo forums! There are always people writing!

Right now is the point where we are tempted to read back on our novels – don’t do that. You’re making a skeleton for what will be an amazing novel. You’re doing it in a month. Don’t judge yourself. Don’t worry that it isn’t good enough. Don’t worry that you need to change, or edit, or scrap it. Don’t do any of that. Just keep on writing! You’ve got this. Don’t stop now, and don’t look back!

The point is, don’t give up! Even if you’re in a candy coma (who am I kidding, there’s always room for more candy!). You’re half way there! Don’t stop halfway through the race. I believe in you!

Until next time, keep writing guys! You’ve got this!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Thanksgiving and Winning NaNoWriMo

So, first of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to my NaNoWriMo theme song. xD

Anyway, I really have to say that NaNo was a bit of a task this year. Between worrying about my poor pup and having to deal with the fact that I forced myself into a rewrite half way through…

Well, let’s just say that last year went a LOT smoother than this year.

Still, I managed to win with a few days left over. The difference between this year and last year is that I didn’t finish the novel. Last year, I wrote 90,000 words and completed the novel. This year, I am far off from that. It’s a much more complex story, and something that I haven’t worked with as far as writing goes. Still, I’m proud of it, and it’s something that I’m going to continue on.

I’ve really enjoyed NaNo this year, however – it’s been great to spend time with my friends, encourage them, and know that my words can help to make a difference. I love that I can give someone advice or encouragement and it helps them to get along with their story.

You guys have been amazing – you’ve responded to blogs, messages, etc. I love your enthusiasm and help! Over the next month or two, I will be finishing the novel that I started, and then I’m going to chose if I would like to edit it or the NaNo project from last year. Either way, i’m going to start polishing it up and getting it ready to query. Any tips/tricks/advice on that would be forever useful!

As it is, I had an amazing Thanksgiving, and I hope that you all are as well. I’m going to be doing some writing sprints/word wars on my twitter @EgoDominusTuus over the next few days to help my friends who are straggling to finish up their wordcount. if you’d like to join in, I’d love to have you there!

Otherwise, I hope your day has been great, and I hope your writing is flowing as smooth as the turkey gravy!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick