NaNoWriMo: Week Three Pep Talk


To my fellow Wrimos,

I sincerely hope that your friends and family have long-accepted your absence/aloofness/stress/sleep-deprivation by now. If not, well, you’re just going to have to deal with it. At least until December.

As with anything, there is good news and bad news that goes along with Week Three.

The good news is that you are halfway! More than halfway, even. You’re on the downward slope to finishing your first novel! (Or second, or third, or even seventh novel.) If you’re behind on your word count, no worries! You have plenty of time to catch up.

The bad news is that you are halfway. You’re not done yet. You still have two weeks of hard work yet.

That’s what writing is. Hard work. If you haven’t figured that out by now, I’d be very surprised. Writing is one of those deceptive tasks that looks easy from the outside but in fact takes years of practice to become an expert, like everything else.

Since the day I finished my first novel three years ago, people have asked me for writing advice. They want to know how you do it. Like there’s some secret we’re all hoarding because we don’t want everyone to become published authors. When I tell them you just start writing and keep going until you’re finished, they’re not very happy with me. They think I’m lying to them.

As Hemingway famously said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

There’s no secret. There’s no shortcut. There’s only you and your novel.

If you’re reading this, you’re already halfway there. Your butt is in your chair (unless you have one of those really cool treadmill desks, in which case I’m extremely jealous and I want to become your best friend so I can use it).

Now all you have to do is type. Or bleed. (But please back up your novel before you bleed onto your computer.)

I hope that you’ve found that the benefits outweigh the difficulties of writing. After all, that’s the whole point of this community. We’re here to make it fun! To help you when you get stuck. To make it less hard. If you haven’t found the rewards yet, come to a write-in! Join us in the chatroom! We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Keep writing. Don’t give up yet. You’re past the halfway mark and you’re doing great! I know there are little gems in every story, even if most of your story isn’t brilliant. (Mine definitely isn’t.)

Right now, the most important thing you can remember is to not get too distracted by the smell of cooking turkey in the next room as Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

If you need it, and let’s face it you probably do (don’t worry I do too), I’ll be in the chatroom most of Wednesday to run sprints for whoever may need it between cleaning the house and cooking Thanksgiving dinner!

Congratulations on making it halfway and defeating Week Two! But don’t celebrate too much. (And don’t eat too much turkey on Thursday.) We’re not done yet.

Wishing you all fast fingers and plentiful muses!

Christie & Sara


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