Now that Nanowrimo is in full swing, it's time for a little pep talk. You started off flying - a new idea, a bustling community, a lot of coffee (or tea)...and then you hit week 3. It's like the brick wall of writing. You know you only have a week to go. You know you're way short of your word count. Or your way over but still can't see the end of the book. Well, I'm here to say "Don't Panic!".
You see, it's a self-imposed goal (and a lofty one at that) and you need to ease off on yourself in places. Writing a WHOLE novel in a month? Amazing if you can. Amazing if you even get halfway. Be proud of yourself no matter where you are in the process. Don't write out of desperation. Don't write out of stress. Write because you love it.
If Nanowrimo works for you and the deadline surges happiness through your veins, then awesome. But if you feel your life force seeping away when you see you've not quite reached your goal, don't push yourself to the point of self hatred. Love what you do instead and celebrate the small victories along the way.
Whatever happens, if you even got a handful of words down, you won. You got closer to the end of your book. Take it word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page. Regardless of what happens, you ARE a warrior.
If you complete Nanowrimo you have a huge congratulations from me. If you don't, you still have a huge congratulations from me. Now go love that story of yours!
Friday, 18 November 2016
NANOWRIMO pep talk!
Fiona McLaren is a displaced Scot living on the sunny island of Cyprus. She's an author, scriptwriter, and editor. She works alongside Cornerstones Literary Consultancy U.S., and also takes on freelance editorial work. The most important things in her life are her boys, her family, and her partner...and lots and lots of books! She's represented by the wonderful literary agent Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon Associates.