6 days and 8 072 words in, I thought I’d let you guys know about my progress. First—my successes. I have hit (exceeded, actually) my 2000 word goal on two of the last five days, and I fully intend to hit that target today as well. I’ve also had two zero days, where I didn’t write at all. The key to writing consistently (for me, at least) is not beating myself up when I don’t write, but also not letting myself use excuses to avoid writing at times when nothing is stopping me.
One of those zero days was a failure—I could have written, should have written, and didn’t. One of those was unavoidable. I’d been out late the night before, travelled several hours that day, and ended the night quite sick. Had I forced myself to stay up and write, I’d probably have ended up with nothing useful and ended up ruining my productivity today as well.
As things stand, I wrote one book review before this post today (it’s scheduled to be published later this week), I may write another after this one, and I will still work on Faustine once I finish up my blogging for the evening.
Coffee is a marvellous thing, and when it’s so hot you can’t think straight until 7 at night, you do what you can, and think about early morning doctor’s appointments later!
So if I can leave anyone attempting NaNoWriMo this year with one thought, it’s this—one missed day (or two, or three, or six) don’t mean you have failed. You don’t have to reach that 50 000 word benchmark to have succeeded. Writing, or creating, in any form is worthwhile, and any anount of work on a novel or other project is something to be celebrated. In the words of Julie Andrews¹…
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th”
You have 30 chances this month. Make them count!
¹I hope. I just found it on a quote page, like a normal person