NaNo 2019 Day 11 — The part where you might just quit

There are some parts of NaNo that are notoriously harder.

First week is usually a roller coaster, but mostly downhill. You’ve got nothing. Anything goes. Literally!

Second week can get a bit more difficult. Your characters are getting IDEAS. You’re trying to corral everyone, but it’s just not working.

It is during these hard times that I (and, I suspect, many others) find it easiest to quit. It’s easy to say you’ll catch up on the word count tomorrow. It’s easy to find other things that need doing more urgently than NaNo.

In all the years I’ve done NaNo I’ve only won twice, and when I don’t win I usually quit right around the point where I am now.

However, it’s during these hard times that it’s most important to keep going. One of the reasons I don’t have a daily writing habit is because I’ve always quit too soon. I hear it takes 30 days of doing a thing to make it a habit, but I miss a day in week 2 and it’s like, “oh, well. Guess I’m not going to make a habit of that, then.” Once I’ve let myself off the hook, it’s easier to let myself off the hook again. And again.

A few years ago, someone gave me a great piece of advice that I try to remember (it was about making better food choices, but equally applies to any area of life):  when you get a flat tire, you don’t puncture the other three. You change it, or patch it, or do what you have to do, and then keep moving.

Therefore, tonight I’ve made myself stay up and write. I only managed 633 words, and I ended up cutting a few (I know, I know; no editing!), so my cumulative total was only 398.

But I’m still super proud of myself because I stuck it out. Even though I wasn’t inspired. Even though it was a slog. Even though it would have been easier to just go to bed.

That snail is me, and that pencil is today, but I kept climbing until I got there.

Happy NaNo-ing!

I’ll be blogging my NaNo 2019 journey right here, so feel free to follow along. And please leave a comment about something you’re proud of yourself for today!

Photo by Pascal van de Vendel on Unsplash

3 thoughts on “NaNo 2019 Day 11 — The part where you might just quit

  1. Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

    And writing anything, even a net total of 398 words, is excellence.
    No 21 or 30 or 90 day streak required.

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