I’ve attempted NaNo six times. I’ve won twice. What’s crazy is that I was 18 when I attempted it the first time and in the seven years since then, my writing has grown up right along with me. The themes and topics I cover in my writing, the way I write, the characters I create, all echo the development I’ve gathered over the past few years.
Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! If you haven’t signed up and still want to, go here and set up your novel. You won’t regret it!
For this first bonus NaNo post, I wanted to drop you all a quick note about self-care.
NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow! Which means the writing community will be enveloped in a cacophony of page rustling, pen scratching, coffee sipping chaos. And I can’t wait.
Are you participating this year? Let me know in the comments!
I’m excited to be taking another crack at NaNo. This will be my sixth time doing NaNo… and I’ve finished twice. I’m aiming to make this lucky number three, so here at the Lexicon Writing Blog, you’ll be shown a good NaNo time: tons of blog posts, resources in the library, and I’ll share my successful NaNo experiences to my newsletter subscribers. Be sure you’re subscribed to get in on all the action… and the free resources… there’s some great stuff in there!
NaNoWriMo goes through phases: the exhilaration of starting, the slow drag of the middle of the month, and the elation of finishing your 50,000 words.
The hardest part by far is the mid-month slump. Especially if you live in the States, you also have Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season and there goes all your time to write or think about writing or dream about writing.
But the slump is where true writers are made. If you can get through the slump, you can get through anything your writing life will throw at you.
As you reach the middle of the month, keep writing. Don’t let yourself miss out on the opportunity to write your novel and tell your story.
So for this ending to another short post: keep on keeping on.