Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NaNo Day…I don’t even know I’m so tired

NaNo isn’t coming as easy for me as it did last year. I’m not sure if it’s the story or what, but I have to force myself to get down those 1667 words—and all the while I’m reading about people who already left the 30K mark in the dust. Yeesh. It makes me look at my pitiful 15K and go “really”? I’m still on track to finish November 30, but this means I need to step it up because there’s no way I’m going to be able to write on Thanksgiving. Ack, this is really a labor this year.

But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s an act of discipline. Part of me is whining, pleading to give up because the story isn’t going to come out how I like anyway (in truth, it’s a little sparse in places). I wish I could pull that part out of me and kick its butt until it realizes that that isn’t a good enough reason to give up.

NaNo is about commitment. It’s about meeting goals, in quantity if not quality. I will not fail unless I just don’t do it. It may not come out as another HUNGER GAMES, but it will be a story, perhaps one I can return to some day and work on.

Now if you’ll excuse me. I have a story to attend to.

NaNo friends: how are you doing? Are you enjoying the challenge?


  1. I'm sorry things aren't going so well. I know I have moments where the words flow and moments where they just don't. Maybe you'll have a flowing words moment in a few days, and you'll jump far, far ahead. (Keep thinking it'll happen, and it will.)

  2. Good luck! I can be your cheerleader. :) You can do it, you can do it...

    I'm having hit and miss days. Some days I can pop out 4,000 words, others it's a struggle just to hit the minimum. I'm trying to remind myself to be dedicated, and to have FUN. Sometimes it's a struggle, but like you said, we can only fail by not trying.

  3. Just keep at it. Don't get discouraged by other tallies, and when the writing's really coming to you, run with it.

  4. What! You have 15K already?! I must be way behind! ;) Ya can't compare yourself with others in this thing... if you're in it to win it you just gotta make the quota. And push yourself to be disciplined, yes, but... be realistic as well. I don't know what to say about those crazy machines that are already breezing past 30K. I don't work, have PLENTY of time to focus on this... and am still just barely making the daily benchmark. But I'm making it.

    YOU CAN DO IT! Find your stride.

  5. Getting that kind of word count in, day after day, takes an incredible amount of commitment and discipline! I haven't been NaNoWriMoing, but I LOVE hearing the stories of everyone who is!

  6. Hang in there! You can do hard things!! :)

  7. NaNo scares the heck out of me, so I don't go near it. But, I'm a great cheerleader. YOU CAN DO IT!!! :D


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