At the start of the month, 1,667 words a day seems like a piece of cake. The world is my oyster! You're going to write the Great American Novel and win the Nobel Prize.
Ooh, the words are coming! You're just cranking out those words like it's your freakin' job.
Sometimes writing can feel like a slog through the mud. It will feel like torture just to write 60 words, let alone 1,667. Push through it though, because there's nothing like feeling...
Eureka! There's nothing like that moment when an idea hits you. And it springs forth another idea. And another, and another, until suddenly you've written a million words and feel like you're poised to be The Next Big Thing.
This is a HUGE task, and it takes so much energy. Sometimes you feel like you don't have anything left in you. Sucked dry, with no words (and certainly no plot) left.
When you turn off your editor, sometimes things can get out of control, and that's OK. You can write anything you want! There are no rules! Let's go nuts!
Oof, it's easy to look at your word count and feel like you'll never catch up. But guess what? You can totally do it.
How are all my NaNoWriMo buddies so far ahead of me?
9. Filled with despair
It's so easy to doubt yourself, especially when the end of the month is fast approaching and your word count is stuck in the trenches. But remember: you've got this. Just put your butt in the chair and write.
When you haven't written in a while, it feels like you're walking around with something heavy weighing you down. It's so hard to push through that feeling of crushing guilt. Remember, your novel is not judging you!
Word count goal or bust! Sometimes you feel like you are getting those words down if it's the last thing you do.
I feel so awesome when I tell people that I have to go "work on my novel" or when I explain the NaNoWriMo challenge. This is seriously a cool thing we're doing.
That feeling of finishing your novel will make you feel like you can do anything.
Entering in that final word count is the most amazing feeling in the world. You'll find yourself dancing in your pajamas or screaming from the rooftops. Even though there are tough spots of the month, that feeling makes it all so worth it. You've finished NaNoWriMo — now, it's time for edits.
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