November 5th. If you haven’t checked the calendar, that is indeed today’s date. It’s a Saturday, it’s the afternoon and I’m nearly 10,000 words in to National Novel Writing Month. I hadn’t anticipated doing a month long sprint of writing, but November felt as good a time as any to churn out a novel.
Five days in and I can’t help but to think about what kinds of problems I’ve run in to so far. Right now, my biggest issue is scheduling in time to actually write. My day job is as a writer, so coming home to write even more often seems like an exhausting prospect. But, then again, waking up at dawn to write before work seems equally exhausting.
Fortunately, I have today. Saturday. I day to catch up on the last few. It’s not that I have written, it’s just that I’ve averaged about 500 words a day since Wednesday which is just about nothing. With the goal of writing 50,000 words by the last day of the month, writing a mere 500 a day isn’t going to cut it.
There is motivation to fit it in though. While I don’t expect that I’ll be a published author by month’s end, there are plenty of authors who have found success due to NaNoWriMo. I haven’t read it, but The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was written during NaNoWriMo and subsequently found itself on the New York Times Bestseller List for just about seven weeks.
If you’re one of the many writers begrugingly participating in NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear from you. How are you motivating yourself? What sorts of problems have you faced in these first five days? As a writer, I find I work best when sharing advice, tips and thoughts so… I would appreciate, very much so, if my fellow writers decided to do the same.