NaNo 2019 Day 9 — Other people’s wordcounts

It’s good advice not to compare yourself to others. Your life. Your kids. Your writing.

And, especially during NaNo, your wordcount.

But it’s sometimes so hard! People are posting these giant wordcounts to Twitter. One person said they had 40k+ already. A bunch of others are already in the 20s or higher.

To be fair, if I was currently sitting at an amazing wordcount I’d want to shout it to the world as well. Thus, I don’t begrudge them sharing. From the bottom of my heart, to all the people out there with ridiculously large wordcounts: “Good for you!”

The truth is I’m just barely scraping ‘on track,’ and at this point it’s from underneath rather than above. And there are plenty of people out there like me, too. We just don’t always want to share that on Twitter. To all the people like me, who aren’t ‘on track’: “Good for you!”

But the key thing — and the reason you shouldn’t compare — is that your journey is YOUR journey.

Maybe you only have a few thousand words. There are people in the world who ‘wish’ they could write a book but have ZERO thousand words. And how many thousands of words did you write in October? It’s not a race against other people where someone comes in last. It’s a race against your prior amount, which was (probably) none. Are you currently sitting at ‘better than none’? Good for you!

My advice to myself (and to anyone still reading) is:

You do you. Do the best you you can do. Because nobody’s NaNo is you-er than you.
And no matter your wordcount, from the low to the high,
your novel is precious because you gave it a try.

No, not penned by the illustrious Dr. Seuss, but still a good lesson for all of us.

Happy NaNo-ing!

I’ll be blogging my NaNo 2019 journey right here, so feel free to follow along. And let me know in the comments how your NaNo is going — you got a wordcount you want to share, shout it out! No wordcount is too low or too high to be proud of. 

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