We’re nearing the end of Nanowrimo. How did that happen? I certainly couldn’t tell you.
There’s one week left to make this happen. Maybe you’re right on schedule. Maybe you’ve already hit the 50K mark. Or…maybe you’re like Muse KJ and you’re a little behind. Either way, it’s okay.
There’s only one thing left to do.
Finish that novel.
In the words of a very wise fish, you just keep swimming.
You persevere. The beauty of Nanowrimo is that no matter how many times you do it, you discover something new about your writing process. You discover new things about your own capabilities.
What have you learned about yourself during this month?
Maybe you’ve learned that you can write more than you ever thought possibly in just a few short days. Maybe you know now that you can fit writing at least 1500 words into your daily schedule without disrupting your entire life. Or maybe you’ve learned that by making a few small changes, your normal life can support a writing life too.
Perhaps the art of writing without editing has gotten drilled into your head. Or the joy of simply letting the words flow, knowing you can fix things later. The point of Nanowrimo hasn’t ever been to create a flawless piece of art – it’s to create a foundation to build upon with future edits. You can’t build a house without a foundation, and you can’t create a great story without the base of a first draft.
This is all exactly why you keep swimming.
How do you keep moving forward?
You just write. You ignore all problems, keep asking questions, and forge on. Even if you’ve discovered you don’t like your protagonist as much as you originally thought you did. Even if your plot has entirely jumped your outline and has become a different story. These things happen. And when’s a better time than Nanowrimo to learn how to deal with these challenges?
In the words of a very wise piano playing musician, “You gotta swim, and swim when it hurts…You haven’t come this far to fall off the earth…Just keep your head above.” (Points to anyone who knows that lyrical reference, ps.)
It’s time for me to go back to my Nano project and the little girl with a gun.
Let’s all keep swimming. Because regardless of our word count, we’re all winners here.