Week Two. A dreaded week in NaNoWriMo.
This is where everything really starts changing for NaNoWriMo. This is where a lot of people start falling off the wagon and aren’t keeping up with their word count or they find themselves facing a wall of writer’s block. There are a lot of ways through this time, but I’m really not sure if I’m qualified to let you know how to get through Writer’s Block at this point. I’m way ahead of my goals and I’m hurtling towards a wall that’s going to come on much later.
But week 2 does mark a lot of things for people. People are through with their first week. This is where people are really making decisions about their work and how they feel about it. I have gone through 10 other NaNoWriMo’s and my biggest failing point is that week 2 mentality. Sometimes it hits during Week 2, sometimes it hits during December.
This year is different. This year, I have committed to things outside of November. I have committed to posting things starting December 1st (this does mean that I’m doing editing for NaNoWriMo, but I also am using a project I had already started before November, so I’ve broken all the rules here).
So I’m not going to let Week 2 hit me. I am here to make something I like, that I believe in. I’m not going to back down from my project or think that it needs to be completely redone. Everything that I’m writing has a purpose. Even if I don’t use those exact words, they got me to the place that I wanted to be.
And if you’re struggling with how you’re going to go forward, just know that everyone is unhappy with their work at some point. You don’t have to write perfect words here and now. In fact, you shouldn’t be writing perfect words right now. There’s a lot of work that goes into everything that you do. Whether you’re a professional author or someone that just wants to write fanfiction, you’re doing fucking fantastic.
For a personal update, week one of NaNoWriMo came with a lot of things in the rest of my life. I’m not sure where to begin or if I want to talk about it here. There’s a lot of turmoil that’s making it hard to focus when it comes to things like NaNoWriMo. But that’s how life goes. Sometimes it just deals you a hard hand. Sometimes you have to muddle your way through it.
If life has hit you during NaNoWriMo (or if it does in the future), be kind to yourself. November comes back eventually. You can write whenever. But the life that you live only happens once. People you love are only around for so long. Your health will come before anything else.
I know this is another rambly blog and that it isn’t really all that professional looking. But also, it’s November. All of my brain is on the project that I’m working on. I’ll try to make my book reviews a tad more classy, but until the end of November, it’s just going to be one hot mess of thoughts while I work on writing a lot for NaNoWriMo. I’m over 20k as of the 9th, which means I’m very far ahead. How did I get here? I don’t know. But I’m proud.