Wrimos, to be on pace, you should be hitting 20,000 words TODAY. If you’re not there yet, do not fret! There’s still plenty of time to hit 50,000 and beyond, you just gotta stick with it! We’re due at the halfway point by Wednesday and then it’s all downhill to the 50k finish line!
But it’s probably getting harder, isn’t it? If you’re starting to struggle, you’re not alone. Week Two of NaNoWriMo is infamous because it’s the time when most people give up.
Why? Well, there’s a lot of reasons. You feel like you don’t really have time for this. Real life starts intruding. Maybe you’re burned out. Or your story has stalled. You’ve lost confidence in your plot. You got distracted by another idea. You’ve lost the faith. Or maybe it’s something else entirely but it all adds up to one thing: you’re probably thinking of quitting.
Don’t. Don’t quit. If this story was important enough to you to start, it’s important enough to finish. Yes, it’s going to be hard but we CAN do this. We can see this thing we started through but we can only do it if we keep moving forward, keep putting words down on the page even when it feels like a slog.
You have to keep going because I’m going to let you in on a little writer secret. EVERYONE feels this way at this stage in a big project. The pros, the bestsellers, even when they aren’t doing NaNo and have all the time in the world, every writer hits a stage in their project where they doubt the story, their talents, the act of writing itself. Dig enough and you’ll find all your favs talk about it in interviews, on Twitter, wherever because it’s something we all suffer from every project no matter how many times we’ve done it before.
The only difference is, when the pro hits this dark moment when they want to walk away, they don’t. They keep writing because the only solution to a writing problem is more writing. They keep writing because they know the writing will get easier as the story powers towards the conclusion. They keep writing because that’s what writers do: they write.
So take quitting off the table, it’s just no longer an option, and start fighting your way through. Even if the word are coming slowly, as long as they are coming, you’re still in this! Step by step, word by word, it will all add up and you’ll be accelerating towards your conclusion before you know it!
Where’s your word count right now? Are you on pace? Ahead? Behind?