So it has officially been two weeks (14 days) since I started NanoWriMo and I didn’t know what to expect. I heard from some other writers and blog posts that as the weeks went on, it would only get harder. They were right, but I had no idea how right they would be.
It is humbling to know that I have now written more words than there are words remaining. Today was a difficult day and I wasn’t sure if I would write more than the few hundred words I started out with, but I persevered. And now I’m kind of braindead 😉
To sum up, oh dear sweet Jesus was this week hard. Here are some highlights:
- This may sound obvious, but writing every single day for 7 days a week is hard. I knew it would be, but until I became mired in it, I didn’t fully appreciate the extent of difficulty. I have to motivate myself every day.
- Week one will make you think “I got this.” Week 2? Not so much. I can’t speak for veterans of NanoWriMo or authors who have zeroed in on a process that works for them, but most people will get stuck. I read a post by Jim C. Hines in which he discusses the dreaded 33% or 1/3 mark. It takes heaps of strength to get past it.
- If you miss a day, don’t let that turn into two. After that it becomes much easier to say “Forget this.”
- I missed one day this week. I didn’t write. I couldn’t summon the words. Fortunately, I read a much-needed supportive post from my good friend J.H. Moncrieff, in which she questions the oft-quoted saying “writers write.”
- Even if you love your story and believe in it, doubt will set in. You’ll start to ask yourself if you’re good enough to write your project. I force myself to push past this every day.
- Today, I set my timer for a few ten-minute bursts instead of winding up the whole thing to one hour and saying “go.” When I knew I had to write for 10 minutes, I didn’t feel as distracted as I do.
- I used to think I couldn’t write fiction on my laptop without giving in to the lure of the Internet, so imagine my surprise when most of my writing sessions this week were on here. We’ll see how long this lasts.
- My sessions needed to be longer this week to hit the same word count I was hitting last week in under an hour. I hope this gets better with time.
- This week, I didn’t do writing exercises as warm-ups. I may have to go back to doing this for Week 3.
- I find it frustrating that I can’t just start my day by jumping into fiction so far. I need to clear my mental clutter first, so I’m journal writing before fiction writing to help get me into a flow and a better state of mind.
What about you, fellow scribes? Are you all surviving the madhouse that is Week 2 and are you ready for the challenges that Week 3 is sure to bring? Sound off below!