Week 2 Pep Talk: It’s Never Too Late

By Jamie W.

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So, one week of NaNoWriMo is in the books. As I look at my buddy list and the forums, I see that there are still some people whose word count reads “0”. This is the point where some people might be tempted to give way to panic and say, “There is no way I’m doing this now.”

I say, “Think again.”

My first NaNo I had an idea very quickly and was writing within the first couple of days. I religiously updated my word count and sometimes wrote more than I needed for those few days here and there where something might come up. Then came CampNaNo June 2012.

One week into the camp, and I still had no idea what I was going to write about. Luckily, a local writing group gave me some inspiration and I started, cranking out several thousand words in no time. I was pumped. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of saving that document directly to my removable drive. When I opened it again, I got a message saying the file was corrupted. The words were gone, and that wasn’t the only road block that month. Still, my stubborn streak refused to admit defeat and, after a ton of grumbling and cursing technology, I opened a new document and tried again. Some days, I really had to push, but I got there. The same thing has happened in other camps/NaNos and I have managed to come out a winner each time (well, except that one camp where I had computer trouble trying to update my word count at the last possible second on the final day).

The point is, if you still have a “0” count today, don’t let that stop you. Sit down now and commit to writing for as long as possible today to see how many words you get. Struggling for an idea? Look up writing prompts. Go into the adoption section of the forums. Post in Fort Writerdale for help. We’re all in this together and we all want to see each participant cross that finish line. It might take a little extra writing time each day, but you’ll be glad you did it when you have that finished novel in your hands.

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