NaNoWriMo Week 2: Right Now? Just Write.

(Our guest blogger today is wrimo Angel on the Moon, otherwise known as Lyndsay. Thanks to Lyndsay for writing today’s post! — ML )

Welcome, Wrimo, to the dreaded Week Two. At this point, the characters that you had a perfect picture of in your head before this whole thing started aren’t looking so pretty – in fact, it’s turning into a nightmare to get this story going in the direction you thought it would go. You’re way behind on your word count, and it’s getting worse by the day. And those plot holes are starting to rear their ugly heads. Especially for the rookie Wrimo, but for all of us, Week Two is where you start to wonder how you could have ever thought writing 50,000 words in a month was a good idea.

Fear not.

Week Two is also probably the most important time for us to remind ourselves what NaNo is all about. It’s about fun, and letting our creativity run amok. It’s tough to let go of our preconceived notion of our novel when our characters come to life and start to make their own decisions for us, but that’s okay! I say to you now that if you haven’t already, now is the time to chloroform your inner editor, as one of my favourite pep talks put it. Let those characters tell you what they want to do, plot holes be damned. There’s a reason it’s called a first draft. You have the rest of the year to make it pretty.

Right now, just write. Jump around, if you have to. Get stuck? Write that silly scene that’s chapters away but you’ve been imagining for weeks. As long as it gets you to write. Whatever you do, don’t stop writing, not even for a day. Whether you’ve written ten words or ten thousand words, once you stop, it’s an even bigger challenge to get that momentum going again. Besides, at the end of it all, if you only wrote a fraction of the 50k you aimed for, that’s still more words than you had in October, and that’s something to be proud of.

So grab that coffee, sit down, and keep writing, Wrimos.

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2 Responses to “NaNoWriMo Week 2: Right Now? Just Write.”

  1. Kassie Says:

    Awesome post! I definitely needed to read this right now, while struggling with Week 2itis!

  2. admin Says:

    I did… I did grab that coffee and sit down! Ended today’s word count where I wanted it, but boy was it a slog. I’m going to need to keep coming back to this post this week for a reminder to just. keep. writing.

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