Every word you write is a victory, even if you don’t make your word count today, this week, this month. It is a victory because it is more words than you had written yesterday.
We keep going word by word. Those words becomes sentences, which become paragraphs, which become chapters — and those chapters become a story. You cannot write it all at once, no matter how much you try.
There are going to be moments in life when it all hurts and the only thing you feel capable of doing is curling up into a ball and weeping. That’s hard — and we’re not even talking about writing. We’re talking about feeling as if every effort is going to be too much. The pat answer is to say, “It doesn’t get better,” but that doesn’t necessarily help when you sitting in the depth of despair.
Having a writing pad is something you should to try to achieve if you can. It allows you to breathe a little, to know that if/when something comes up to take you away from the writing, you’re not going to fall behind. The best way to achieve this is to push when the writing is good, not cut yourself off just because you’ve hit 1,667 words an fulfilled your daily requirement. If the words are flowing, flow with them and push past that mark, build up that extra that you’re going to need at some point in your writing process.
It is appropriate for us as WriMos because, no matter where we are, we are also showing up. We’ve committed to writing these words this month, to tell our stories now, not “someday.”
Since I’m something of a pantser, I can roll with that idea. Some of my best stuff has come from things I absolutely didn’t know were going to be there. But I’ve seen friends who are determined, dedicated plotters faced with that, and often all one can do is feed them chocolate and help them get through the panic.
We’re writers. We deal in imagination and we create worlds and lives in the pages we write. Yet, so often, for all our dreaming of finishing a book or getting one (or more) published, we some how can’t manage to cross that invisible barrier from wanting to becoming. Our fault, dear WriMos, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.
Success comes in many forms. There is the obvious, of course: fame and fortune. These things are nice; if I had fortune, I would not be holding down a day job while trying to set up four books to be published next year. But they are not necessarily the only markers.
Is it hard yet? For a lot of folks, this week is the easiest because the story you’re working on is fresh and new, which can really help keep a writer moving because there’s a lot to discover, no matter how much you’ve planned before hand. Treasure that feeling and let it help you write like the wind. You’ll be grateful for these days later on.
We’re still in the broad strokes stage of our work, cracking 5,000 words today if we’re on schedule. Truth be told, we’ll be working in broad strokes for most of the month. NaNoWriMo isn’t the time for subtlety and fine detail.