Today is November 30th, which many of us in the writing community know as the final day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Today is the very last day to get in your word count to hit the deadline of 50k words in the month.
Me? I have just over 2k to go, which is about typical for me in a writing day. I’m not concerned. Of course, that won’t finish my current novel, but I’m close. Another couple chapters and it’ll be done and ready for the first round of heavy editing. And I know I wouldn’t be this far along, easily ready to finish the first draft before the end of the year, without the motivation provided by NaNo wanting so badly to hit that 50k word mark.
Many of us can’t tell a novel in only 50k words. I certainly can’t. My novel had around 40k when I started, adding a new 50k this month, with a little more to go, bringing me closer to 100k when all is said and done. But it’s not about the final word count in a story, it’s about telling the tale as it was meant to be told. It’s also about getting the words on the page.
NaNo isn’t so much about writing a ton as it is about taking the time to get your story out there. So much of the time, even the most dynamic of writers falls into the trap of writer’s block, or too many ideas, or too busy a day job and regular life to sit down and get the words out of them. I hope many of you participated in NaNo this year if only to discover within yourselves how easy it can be to just take the time and write. Don’t lose the overall momentum that makes NaNo so worthwhile.
Too often around this time of year we hear about the season of giving, and how the holiday months of November and December are meant to be when we are most kind to others. But really, why can’t we be that way all year long, and carry the holiday spirit into the months preceding it? The same can be said of NaNo. We don’t have to wait until one month out of the year to write every day, or to be good to our neighbors. We can do both, every month of the year.
Happy last day of NaNoWriMo! And good luck with your writing in 2016!