Another NANO Month Come & Gone!
Another NANO month has come and gone and I for one am glad it’s over, but I’m thrilled at the results! I want to say congratulations to every single writer who attempted this year’s NANO competition. No matter how far you got in writing your novel, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the value of your efforts. To those of you who successfully completed the challenge and created a 50,000 word (or more) novel in the 30 days of November, CONGRATULATIONS!
For those writers who fell short of their objective, remember, not only is their always next year, but you don’t have to wait for NANO to start or even complete your novel. Write at your own pace, as long as you write! In fact, the mantra that I used this year to help me start and complete my own 55,000 word novel was: DON’T THINK – JUST WRITE! (DTJW)
The above words were crucial to me, because I’m the kind of person who is constantly in my own head, trying to negotiate what myself. Telling myself all the reasons why I can’t or won’t write at this particular time. Finally I had to put my foot down and stop “thinking” about sitting down to write, and just doing it. I posted the above letters on my wall where they were constantly visible (write above my television screen). Believe it or not, it helped. I not only accomplished my goal, but I was completely done with writing “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” in 25 days! I beat my own personal best (I finished my last year entry: “Skipping Childhood” in 35 days).
If you’re a writer who aspires to be an author, figure out what works for you and do it. Then, repeat it, and keep repeating it. Congratulations again, to every one who tried.