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’re 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