Something I have learned the hard way about #NaNoWriMo…
A good friend of mine, who is also doing NaNoWriMo, has been talking a lot about a guy she follows who already has over 20,000 words.
As you can imagine, she’s quite intimidated by this.
And I feel more than a little bit responsible for her frustration because I was one of the people who pushed her to join the challenge and write the novel she’s been wanting to for a long time.
This is the first year for both of us and, while I am not quite as behind in word count as some others out there, I am behind my own personal daily goal so I feel her frustration just as strongly and I want just as much, to be annoyed at all of these people bragging about having 20,000 words or 35,000 words already.
But the truth is, it’s not anymore their fault that I’m behind than it is my fault they’re ahead of me.
Everyone writes differently, at different paces and speeds. People write better in different environments.
Also, some of these people clear their schedules for the month so they have plenty of time to write.
Some of us don’t have that luxury. We have work, homeschool, kids… life! We have to find time to write and the environment we’re stuck with isn’t always conducive to good writing so we have to do the best we can and live with it.
That’s why the weekends are so great. We can take more time to just sit & write. We can get together with other WriMos and help each other out, encourage each other, push each other.
Stop worrying about anybody else’s word count and concentrate on your own!
Find a local group to join and participate!
But most importantly, HAVE FUN!
What’s the point if you aren’t having any fun!
© J.C. Morrows 2013
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