November can be a cruel mistress — I hope she’s treated you well.
I meant to write up a quick post around the middle of November to cheer all my fellow novel-ers onward to victory, so please excuse this extremely delayed love note. But life, as it has a way of doing, got in the way of my carefully laid plans — work got crazy, my WriMo novel got (*gasp*) interesting, “Jessica Jones” dropped on Netflix. But please know that I’m here for you. We’re still going to make it through this. Together — and alive.
So. How has your month been going, friend? Are you taking care of yourself? Remembering to eat and sleep? Still having meaningful conversations with family, friends, and/or coffee shop baristas? Did you drink any water today? Go drink a glass. I don’t care — drop what you’re doing and keep hydrated! (I’ve seen you dehydrate; it’s pretty gross.)
Are the characters behaving? Have you turned their small acts of rebellion into fun new plot points? Have you snared any plot bunnies? Has anything been thrown off the rails completely? Have you cut any scenes? Any characters? Anyone who tries to touch your computer? (The last one is a joke. Noveling is a zero-contact sport.)
Have any of my tips from WriMos past helped at all? Could you do with some new advice? A cheerleader? A shoulder to cry on?
I know NaNoWriMo 2015 has yet to conclude — you still have six whole days to write! You might spend two of those days in a food-related stupor, and you might need to work, and you might need to cook, and you might have other things going on. You might be way behind on word count. You might have already won. But here’s a secret: the writing doesn’t stop on November 30, 2015. The counting does, for sure. And maybe you don’t get a certificate this year if you don’t hit 50,000 words. But how many words have your written? Is it more than you would have written this month otherwise? Have you carved out more time to spend with your characters? Have you plotted and replotted and reworked and rearranged? Did you put something on a page and call it the start of something, even if that something never sees the light of day?
Then you did it! The point of NaNoWriMo is to write. If you did that, you’re doing great. I am so proud of you.
I hit 50,000 words yesterday, I’ll admit. And it was an amazing feeling. I had some really great writing days, and I’ve been forcing myself to write on the train on my way to work in the morning. That’s something I’ve rarely done before, but it was something that put me in a much better mindset for my entire day, even if I didn’t get to write another word until 8:30 the following morning. I finally admitted to myself that I have no time to write while at work during the day, and sometimes I just wanted to sit and stare at “Law & Order” when I got home. And the book is far — so, so far — from being done. And there is so much that needs to be streamlined, cut down, pumped up, and excised entirely.
But I wrote it, and I’m proud. No matter where your word count stands or what page you’re on or how much more you have to go, please, please, congratulate yourself.
Drop me a line to tell me how WriMo 2015 has been going! Let’s get through these last few days as a team.