During NaNoWriMo, it has always been week two that has put a damper on wrimos’ progress. The newness has worn off and we’re tired from all the word-sprinting that we did last week. However, I urge you to look at it this way: OMG, YOU’VE JUST WRITTEN YOUR HEART OUT! DON’T GIVE UP NOW!
Your novel/stor(ies) deserve your attention and dedication. This novel idea has stuck with you throughout the tumultuous week one (meeting new writers, feeling great about your word count, feeling depressed when you see other peoples’ word count, etc.) Also, since we’re on the topic…
NaNoWriMo is a time where we should be cheering each other on. We should be encouraging others, not comparing ourselves to them. Sure, some of us work better when we are in competition with someone else. Just make sure that it is healthy competition and not one that will cause a grudge or hinder your writer-buddy-friendship. We’re all working toward the same goals.
In addition, remember that while you may feel encouraged and enthused with your own personal word count, remember that others may be struggling. So don’t brag about your fabulous word count. Patting yourself on the back is great but not everyone is going to see that three layer cake that you made for yourself as encouraging — so keep the flaunting to a minimum.
Also, check in with your fellow writer buddies. If someone appears to be struggling or if you think someone could use a boost of encouragement – try and help a little. The key words in that sentence being “a little.” Don’t write their book for them – Oh my gosh, don’t you realize that’s her baby?! It’s like telling someone how to raise her kids “correctly”.
That being said, how is everyone doing? Have you had some fantastic successes? Are you going through a rough time? Let us know how much you are loving or hating NaNoWriMo this year.
All right, it’s back to the word mines for me.