Two more days in November. Have you reached 50,000 words? Will you reach the goal by tomorrow? We're rooting for you! Let us know how you're doing in the comments!
NaNo is almost finished. With five days to go, most of you will probably have a pretty good idea if you are going to hit the 50K words or not, so here's a post from the archive about what to do once you're there.
And remember, even if you don't hit the word count, it doesn't matter. You still have more words than you started the month with, and that's a win! Just keep going until you hit "the end", even if that doesn't happen until February or March.
At this point in November I imagine that some of you are struggling with NaNo. I know that the first half is always easier for me than the second and we're a few days into the second half now. You can do it! And if you find you're feeling stuck, here's some advice from O'Abby's archives to help get you past that sticking place.
I remember this book and the problem I was having with it when I wrote this, and I can assure you that I managed to move past the point I got stuck and hit my 50K goal. I also have to admit this book is still sitting in my hard-drive, unfinished at around 70K... Maybe I need to take some of my own advice, huh?
|Beowulf and the dragon|
As I mentioned last week, most of the questions O'Abby is receiving are about NaNo, and most have been answered in previous years. So here's another from the archive to help you out if you're doing NaNo. And if you are, let us know how you're getting on in the comments. I'm not participating this year, but love cheering people on from the sidelines!
Welcome to week 2 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
The goal for today is 1,667 words with a total of 16,670 words. How is your NaNo going so far?
I am on track for the traditional word count goal, but I am terribly behind on my double NaNo goal of a Reverse NaNo doubled word counts each day to reach 100,000 words in 30 days. I had a great first half of week one, then I had to do more for work than usual. Now I am playing catch up, just focusing on writing words and not letting the number of words I am behind drive me into panic mode.
Are you panicking? Is the outline not going to plan? Are characters are flat or uncooperative? Got dishes in the sink and no oomph to clean them? Such a typical week two.
Take a deep breath.
In. Hold. Out. Repeat.
Listen to a favorite song.
You got this. Keep writing! Each word is one more than what you had before.
Happy Friday Friends!
Have you ever typed "The End" at the end of your novel, sat back with a sigh of satisfaction, and then shot up with the harsh realization that there was still miles of work to go before you were ready to send off to agents?
I think all of us, especially as we are starting out, have worked hard to complete a novel only to realize there are revisions needed, beta readers to bribe, synopsis to write, and the query to perfect.
As a (mostly) pantser this can be overwhelming for me. And more than once I have knocked everything out, started my query and realized there was a giant plot hole. Or WORSE, no actual conflict in the story. To this end, I did get a great piece of advice that I want to share and that's.................................
START WITH THE QUERY
Even if you are not a plotter you probably (hopefully) have some basic idea what the story you want to write is about. Plucking out the key elements that make a query shiny can help provide direction, but even more important are the pieces that are missing.
No conflict, no stakes, no protagonist? Now you know.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you in the comments below or on twitter @MidlifeCreative or using the #querysupportgroup tag.
With NaNo in full swing, I thought this month I'd bring back some posts from years past that might have helped writers struggling with NaNo. Post like this one from three or four years ago.
I signed up to do NaNo this year for the first time and a week in, I'm already struggling. I did tons of prep beforehand and I know what I want to write, but I have a physical condition which makes it difficult to sit in one position very long, and it's hindering my ability to reach the necessary word count each day. I already have anxiety issues, and not reaching my daily word count is making me even more anxious. And that's making it even harder to write. Do you have any advice?
Dear Word Panic,
I don't know exactly what your situation is, but you mention physical discomfort while sitting too long. Is there a possibility you could stand? I use a standing desk at work and that has immeasurably improved a long-standing struggle I had with arm, back and shoulder pain. If you can't get yourself a standing desk, it's possible to raise your computer or desk using phone books, bricks, dictionaries and the like. I also find the kitchen counters are a good height for standing and typing.
If that's not an option, maybe you could break your writing time down into small chunks so you can sit and write only as long as it's comfortable. Then stop, do something else, and go back to the writing when you feel like you can sit again. You will soon figure out how many words you can get through in each chunk so you'll be able to figure out how many writing sessions you will need to reach your word count each day, and how to schedule them around the rest of your life.
But even if you don't figure it out, at least you gave it a shot. You got some words on a page. NaNo isn't for everyone. Some people thrive on the pressure of having a daily goal to reach, but for others, it's added stress that isn't needed. Especially while juggling everyday life as well.
If NaNo is making you anxious and you're feeling like you can't cope, it's not the end of the world if you stop. No one is going to die if you don't write 50,000 words in November. It's no crime if you take until January to hit that 50K mark. What's important is that you want to write a book, and you've started it. Keep writing, even if you're not writing the 1,667 words a day NaNo dictates. Write what you can and keep going.
Welcome to week 1 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
The goal for today is 3,334 words for those working toward 1,667 words every day. For Reverse NaNo, the goal is 6,562 words today.
How is NaNo going?
I had a good first day, and I was able to participate in several sprints on Discord with my region and attend a write in before work.
The tip this week is to stop writing in the middle of a scene or even the middle of a sentence!
This is helpful because when you return to write the next time, you can pick up and continue the scene or sentence. Otherwise, I tend to stare at my cursor for 5 minutes. It is easier to keep the baton moving to the next person instead of starting out cold. Think of this as a stretch and beginning the writing workout with a leg up.
How do you decide to stop writing for the day?
Today is November 1. You know what that means, right? It's NANOWRIMO time! November is National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo]. Can you bang out 50,000 words of your next novel between November 1 and November 30? Give it a shot!
If you're participating this year, please let us know in the comments so others can connect with you on the site above.