NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 11: Keep Going

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“Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson

Time is absolutely a metaphor during NaNoWriMo. We spend the month racing against the clock, counting words and minutes, trying to reach 50,000. And, sometimes we hit road bumps. So what to do we do? We keep going. 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.

So if you’re feeling stressed and burned out, just think about what the next word should be. Then the one after that, and the one after that. They’ll eventually start coming faster. But until that time, contemplate just the word ahead of you — and don’t look at the clock. If you think about how much time it’s going to take to write that word or that sentence, you’ll drive yourself crazy. If the words are coming and you feel the need for a kick in the pants, go follow @NaNoWordSprints and let timed sprints be your motivation, giving you the chance to write a hundred, two, hundred, even five hundred words in a limited amount of time.

In other words, do what it takes to keep going. NaNoWriMo, like all writing, is not a sprint but a marathon. We keep moving forward, one word at a time until it is done. Just remember, the clock for this year’s NaNo may run out at Midnight on November 30, but the clock for your writing keeps moving forward.

Keep going.

Word Count Goal: 18,337

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