• When You Need Your Own Pep Talk

    Last week, I wrote a post. This, in itself, is nothing unusual. The post was about NaNoWriMo. That also isn’t anything unusual. The unusual part, though, is that the other day, I found myself reviewing my own pep talk. Then, instead of skimming, I really started reading it. I dove in deep, swam to the bottom, watched the air bubbles floating up towards the surface. On the subject of NaNoWriMo, I’ve been treading water for a few weeks; since the thing got started, really. But I’m determined not to drown.
    When You Need Your Own Pep Talk

    If you’re behind, too, this post is for you. NaNoWriMo may be halfway over, but that doesn’t mean you should give up if you haven’t reached 25,000 words yet. I meant exactly what I said last week: you can totally do this. Keep going. Believe in yourself and the power of your work. And above all, don’t stop writing. No matter what, my darlings, never stop writing.

    Sometimes, life is hard. Sometimes, it feels like you’ll never get ahead, never come out on top. Life gets in the way of writing. And you know what? That’s okay. Sometimes, writing can’t be your top priority.

    Even if you can’t make word count every day, that’s no reason to abandon the project. NaNoWriMo is halfway finished, but that means you still have half a month to finish strong. Keep that in mind the next time you find yourself feeling down on yourself.

    And loves, for what it’s worth, I believe in all of you.

    How’s your NaNo novel going so far? What are your tips for staying motivated?

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  • Don’t Count Yourself Out Yet! (A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk)

    If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, welcome to the dreaded Week Two, in which everything goes to crap! Well, not everything, but you get the point.
    Dont Count Yourself Out Yet (A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk)

    In Week One, you were excited about starting your novel. You were flying high on ideas, inspiration, and energy. There were a million possibilities floating through your mind! You were going to write the Next Great International Bestselling Novel! Everything was going to be okay!

    But then Week Two came, and real life, self-doubt, and panic set in. Maybe you were working full-time or going to school or raising a family. You didn’t have as much time or energy to write as you expected, and you felt like a failure. Why did you think you could write a novel in a month? Who even does that??? You must have been nuts. You’ll never get to 50K! You might even die. (Of embarrassment, if nothing else.)

    But, but, but! Don’t count yourself out just yet! Even if you’ve fallen behind on your word count (even I have!), you can still make up for lost time and get to 50K before the month is out. If you’ve never won NaNoWriMo before, trust me when I say that there’s no better feeling than finishing strong. If you think it’s taking a toll on your mental and emotional health, then by all means, give it up. But please don’t quit just because it’s a bit of a challenge. You might end up regretting it.

    Take me, for example. I’m super behind. At the time this post goes live, I hope I’ll be caught up. As I’m writing it, I’m about 6K behind, so we’ll see what happens. And that’s okay! I tend to do the majority of my writing on the weekends, so I’m trying not to stress over it. After all, NaNoWriMo is about having fun. If you’re not having fun, why participate?

    I don’t have much else to say besides this: keep going. Even if the finish line feels miles away, I promise that you can do it. You’ve got this, all right? I have faith in you.

    How’s your word count looking so far? What, if anything, is stressing you out?

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