The first full week of NaNoWriMo is coming to a close. How’d you folks do? Did you stay hydrated? Well fed? Well caffeinated (or not, for all you crazy kids who can’t stand the stuff)? No matter what your word count or your level of stress or mess this week, you deserve kudos for writing when you probably didn’t want to. At the very least, you deserve a cookie.
Don’t forget to celebrate your wins.
- If you’re already freaking out about your NaNoWriMo word count, consider Michael J. Martinez’s thoughts on the subject “… it’s an arbitrary process, so really, your ‘victory’ in the coming month should be more about how you feel about your work than hitting 50,000 words at 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Personally, I would rather have 10,000 spectacular words than 50,000 words that make me go ‘meh.'”
- If you really want to hit those 50k words by November 30, you could consider going cold turkey on your social media accounts. Allison K Williams says that Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard To Do. Just think of all those extra hours you’ll have for writing.
- Katrin Schumann shows you How to be a Successful Novelist in 38 Easy Steps. You’ve landed on this site, so can probably cross off Step 1: Have an idea for a novel. Think you are brilliant, insightful, unique.
- What’s so shameful about writing a book and hoping it sells? Meredith Jaffe is on the case.
- Wil Wheaton believes that writers should not be expected to work for free. They should get paid.