“If one advances confidently in the direction of ones dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau
My first NaNoWriMo experience, so far, has been a study in hard work and discipline, with both being extremely fun, creative and exhilarating in the process!
I can do it! I’m doing it! I’m so excited!
I have 13,584 words as of today, and minusing the 4613 words I wrote before going into NaNo, (as I’m expanding a story into a novel), it leaves me with 8,971 NaNo words. I’m more than happy with my steady progress so far, and look forward each morning to another NaNo day.
I’m really loving the new set-up of specific, daily writing time and a daily word count. I’ve never counted words or pages before — and I’m very surprised to find that this new approach does not squealch my creativity nor tether my muse’s wings.
My goal of 1700 words a day, although I go over into 1800 and 1900 words, fits right into my schedule — after the morning feeding, but before the afternoon mucking. There is where you’ll find me, typing away.
It’s true, though, that I’m more tired than I’d usually be, but it’s the good kind of tired that comes with doing something hard and sticking to your word.
My novel has jumped from five to fifty pages, and the slow build pulls from me something different than the waiting for inspiration, writing all night, writing-in-chaotic-chunks-or-nothing-at all, disorderly way I’ve always written.
NaNoWriMo, over all, is teaching me craft; feeding me 1700 words a day that validate my ability to write, to reach for the stars, to set a goal and meet it and even, yes, control the muse for a few lucky hours.
NaNoWriMo also underlines the good old work ethic, how nothing just falls into our laps, and how even novels are built up a little at a time, and over time. All you need to bring to the table is the will to do the work and the promise (to yourself) to follow through.
The universe will do the rest, really, funneling ideas through that invisible writer’s antennae wobbling on top of your head. The hardest part is letting go, and letting the word magic take over. But once you do, even if you’re disbelieving the words will come all the way up until you sit in front of the computer or paper, they’ll come — because you’re letting them.
If you believe they’re there somewhere, they’ll come.
It’s the stunning writing secret NaNoWriMo has known all along.