{Discussion} The NaNoWriMo Edition

Posted November 2, 2017 by Leah in Discussion, Memes & Features, Uncategorized / 8 Comments

Well, NaNoWriMo, we meet again. It’s been a while, but you’re still on my mind.

For those who aren’t familiar with National Novel Writing Month, it’s where writers of all types plan to complete a 50,000 word manuscript by the end of the month. Essentially, participants try to log in at least 1,667 words a day.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m an aspiring author. I’ve been saying for years that I want to write a book and eventually have something published.

Alas, I have never finished a complete manuscript. Last year when I participated in NaNoWriMo, I fell about 2,000 words shorts by the end of November.

There are a few reasons; none of them are good or excusable. My main thing is perfection. Even with a first draft, which is usually expected to be rough, I always expect my writing to be flawless. When this thought gets in my brain, I stop myself from getting things done.

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Then there’s the distractions. There’s YouTube videos and Instagram and other social media. I had to look at that bookstagram photo! Sometimes when you’re staring at a blank document, anything becomes a distraction.

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I second doubt myself all the time. Will this idea be good enough? Will it go somewhere good? All these things flit around in my brain when I haven’t even written anything down. But I have to remind myself that I’m allowed to make mistakes and fix things later. It’s a process, not surgery.

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This month, I’m adding to a project I’ve been working on for almost two years and an idea I’ve been thinking about for almost twelve years. It’s a project close to my heart, one that I want to see finished.

So let’s get this NaNoWriMo going, shall we?

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If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, good luck!



Co-Blogger at Quite the Novel Idea
Leah has always been a bibliophile. An avid fantasy fan, she has spent many hours imagining magical worlds and wondering what it would be like to wield a sword. When she's not dreaming up her own standalone fantasy stories, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and eating chocolate. She lives in California.


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8 responses to “{Discussion} The NaNoWriMo Edition

  1. Eeep, good luck, Leah!! I BELIEVE IN YOU! honestly perfectionism used to stuff me up so bad, but I really had to make a conscious decision to save that for edits and rewrites. Otherwise I’d just never finish a project, it was that bad for me.πŸ˜‚ So I really hope you get this draft done!! *cheers for you*

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