Don't Count Yourself Out Yet! (A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk)

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo this year, welcome to the dreaded Week Two, in which everything goes to crap! Well, not everything, but you get the point. Dont Count Yourself Out Yet (A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk)

In Week One, you were excited about starting your novel. You were flying high on ideas, inspiration, and energy. There were a million possibilities floating through your mind! You were going to write the Next Great International Bestselling Novel! Everything was going to be okay!

But then Week Two came, and real life, self-doubt, and panic set in. Maybe you were working full-time or going to school or raising a family. You didn't have as much time or energy to write as you expected, and you felt like a failure. Why did you think you could write a novel in a month? Who even does that??? You must have been nuts. You'll never get to 50K! You might even die. (Of embarrassment, if nothing else.)

But, but, but! Don't count yourself out just yet! Even if you've fallen behind on your word count (even I have!), you can still make up for lost time and get to 50K before the month is out. If you've never won NaNoWriMo before, trust me when I say that there's no better feeling than finishing strong. If you think it's taking a toll on your mental and emotional health, then by all means, give it up. But please don't quit just because it's a bit of a challenge. You might end up regretting it.

Take me, for example. I'm super behind. At the time this post goes live, I hope I'll be caught up. As I'm writing it, I'm about 6K behind, so we'll see what happens. And that's okay! I tend to do the majority of my writing on the weekends, so I'm trying not to stress over it. After all, NaNoWriMo is about having fun. If you're not having fun, why participate?

I don't have much else to say besides this: keep going. Even if the finish line feels miles away, I promise that you can do it. You've got this, all right? I have faith in you.

How's your word count looking so far? What, if anything, is stressing you out?

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