Good Luck, NaNoWriMo-ers: A Final Word

By Jennifer Blanchard

Three days and counting, writers! NaNoWriMo is slowly creeping in.

As my final post for the week, I thought I’d take a moment to wish you all good luck.

NaNoWriMo will probably be one of the biggest writing challenges you ever take on. And I commend you for even wanting to attempt it.

The fact that you’re taking a step toward overcoming your procrastinating behaviors by signing up for NaNoWriMo already makes you a winner. Fifty thousand words or not. (Thou I seriously hope for the former!)

Over the next 30 days, you’re going to face plenty of road blocks and run into many challenges with yourself. You’re going to love your novel, hate your novel and want to quit altogether.

But I encourage you to stick with it, regardless of circumstance.

I encourage this because you CAN do it. If you can just get out of your own way and let it happen.

Once you realize that you are the only one who holds you back, you will finally be able to make a commitment to this NaNoWriMo challenge (and to yourself).

As a procrastinator myself, I understand what you go through, because I go through it too.

I, too, watch reruns of shows I’ve seen a million times rather than writing. I, too, do things I hate, like dishes or laundry, just to avoid my writing time. I, too, question myself over and over and over again: “Why do I keep doing this to myself?” “Why can’t I just overcome this procrastination and write?”

So I’m with you all the way. We are in this NaNoWriMo challenge together.

And when November 30th comes along, we will stand together in victory. Proving that yes, it IS possible to write a book in 30 days. Proving we CAN do this. And proving that we ARE making strides toward overcoming the procrastinating behaviors that hold us back.

See you at the finish line. 

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year and would like help staying motivated throughout the entire challenge, be sure to sign up for my 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Tips for Procrastinating Writers e-mail newsletter.

ALSO: Be sure to come back tonight! I’ll be posting a review of “Story Structure–Demystified,” by Larry Brooks. If you want your NaNo novel to be a polish away from being ready for submission to a publisher, you need to take some time over the next few days to read Brooks’ book (It’s only 127 pages, and you can scan). Then use the book to make your NaNo novel-outline one that will actually get the job done.

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

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