Are you struggling with your NanoWriMo project? If so, don’t fret! Undertaking such a large project like NanoWriMo isn’t an easy task!
Are you finding it hard to write every single day?
I know I am! That’s what I struggle with the most during NanoWriMo. I have the want to write but the time is always the hardest thing to find. Want to know what I do?
I don’t stress or fret over it! Honestly, on Nov. 3rd, I wrote 24 words. On Nov. 4th, I wrote 11 words.
For me personally, NanoWriMo is less about churning out a 50k ‘shitty’ first draft and more about getting back into the habit of writing each and every day. Even if it is a small amount like this last weekend!
Was it always that way for me? Not at all. I used to write like crazy and then the days I didn’t hit the 1667 word count goal, I would suffer from periods of debilitating depression. It was to the extent that I wouldn’t write for days. This just compounded the not-writing slump I was in. But these depressive states had silver lining! It showed me that I needed to re-evaluate things and in doing so, I learned that I needed not to worry about hitting that goal of 1667 words every single day.
Instead, I needed to focus on just writing something every day. I needed to keep the creative flow going and I needed to keep it fun.
I went to a write-in on the first day of NanoWriMo. I only wound up getting 533 words that first day because I didn’t really know what I was doing. I didn’t have any real idea of what I was going to write for the month. But I started writing and then the next day, I texted a writing friend of mine for a writing date and I wound up writing 2091 words on day 2.
Day 3 and Day 4 were on the weekend before my birthday and I went out of town with a friend of mine and while he understood my writing challenge this month, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time writing during our time away together which is why I had small writing word counts those two days.
Day 5, today, has been rather unproductive because I spent the morning at the DMV renewing my drivers license and then went to the bank. After all of that, a nap was what sounded like the most enjoyable thing to do!
There’s still 2 hours left of the day and I want to write on my current WIP. I plan on it but I don’t see myself getting a whole lot written. But that’s okay!
The most important thing to remember is, Don’t Fret and Worry! It will be okay! Just try to write something each and every day. Even if you don’t make the 50k goal by the end of the month, that’s alright. A journey starts with one step! Well a story starts with a single word!
Keep on moving forward and don’t fret!