Alright, we are at the half-way point of NaNo. Who is still writing? Are you at your half way mark? Have you hit 25,000 words? Are you enjoying your story? What has been your favorite part so far?
I thought I’d write about:
The top Five things I’ve learned from NaNo2017 so far.
- Make sure you cut your fingernails. I honestly don’t know how people type with long or fake nails. Its like playing the piano with nails. I can’t type as fast as I need if I have nails getting in the way.
- It’s way easier to NaNo with a fully developed outline. Last year I had a great outline. Each scene was developed. Sure, I didn’t write my final draft during NaNo2016 but I wrote a really good first draft. This year, however, is not going as smoothly. My first draft will turn out a bit choppy… or a lot choppy, like a tangled pile of spaghetti, but hey, I’ll have 50,000 words toward something.
- Writing Sprints are AWESOME. I love writing sprints. Somehow I turn my thinking brain off and I just write. My goal becomes the number of words, not the quality. My creative brain comes on and somehow I just write.
- Writing with cold fingers is not fun. I must have very warm hands in order to write. Other wise my fingers feel like they are moving in slow motion and my brain move too fast. Imagine the sloth DMV in Zootopia…that’s how I feel
- Si Se Puede…Yes we can! (thank you Disney channel for teaching me spanish). To anyone who thinks they can’t do NaNo because it’s too many words… just try. I convinced a friend to try NaNo this year and she is rocking it! Like, doing amazing. And she never thought she could write so much or so fast. So the biggest thing I’ve learned from NaNo2017 so far… Yes we can!
Good Luck for the second half. It’s the hardest part for me. I start getting exhausted. My fingers and brain want to shut down. Thanksgiving rolls around and family and food take over. I can find a million things to distract me.
Last year at the half way mark I decided to quit. I told myself I couldn’t do it. I had too much going on. But the last week rolled around and I knew I needed to finish. I needed to prove to myself that I could finish something I set a goal for. So I did. I spent the 12 hr drive back from CA writing while my husband drove (he loves me) and I put in the time I should have spent earlier in the month. But I finished. And now I know I CAN DO THIS. I won’t quit. I won’t get behind. I won’t allow negative thoughts to tell me that I can’t do this and that my choppy spaghetti story isn’t worth finishing. I will push through to the end.
How about you? What are you using to stay motivated?
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