Are you doing NaNo? (National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.) This year, I got off to a slow start because a) we’ve moved, b) I started a new job, c) I had a house guest the first weekend, and d) my dad’s in town this week. Never a dull moment in Noonyland. But here’s what I’ve learned:
- It’s like weight loss – so what, you had cake yesterday? Right NOW, you’re not eating cake and you can have a salad.
- Write. Write about why you’re not writing, don’t feel like writing, are too tired to write. Whatever you’re feeling, put it on the page.
- All words count during NaNo.
- Keep writing. Your story doesn’t suck; that’s just the inner critic talking. Keep going.
- If your story sucks, keep writing it. How many people do you know who have completed a novel-length manuscript, even a bad one? Give yourself permission to be a beginner and just write the damned book.
- Write. And when doubt strikes, write more.
- Coffee helps.