Pep Talk: Sunstreak

Sunstreak is a Toronto Nanoer who has already hit 50, 000 words in this, her second Nanowrimo. What makes Sunny special enough to do a pep talk here at Fictional Worlds? Well, first off, she’s an awesome person. Second off, she’s thirteen years old, and wrote her first successful Nanowrimo last year at the age of twelve. You may or may not be aware that I personally wrote my first successful Nanowrimo at eleven. Perhaps it’s not quite the same age, but something about a young wrimo like Sunny reminds me of myself, and it puts a smile on my face.

Without further ado, here is Sunny’s pep talk for you guys:

Dear fellow authors,

I am sure that by this point, you may be thinking something along the lines of, “Now, why in the name of the rubber duck king did I sign up for this?” Or perhaps, more accurately: “Why the flaming toads didn’t I sign up for this sooner? This is easy!” Both of those are perfectly okay.

However, if you are finding yourself relating more to Thought Numero Un (that would be “number one” for anyone who didn’t get that, or “број еден” if you speak Macedonian), then you may be in need of some reasons why you should reach 50,000 words.

– The rubber duck king will be proud of you
– You can brag to all the other platypuses and/or Earthlings that just aren’t as special as you are. You’ll have written more fiction in a month than most people will write in their lives!
– You will have written a novel! Let me just say that again. You will have written a novel! Polish it up and send it in to a publisher! (Of course, that’s not quite as easy as it sounds, but this is supposed to be motivational.)

Now, regardless of whether you plan on writing 25,000 words or 250,000, here’s one site that I use to help me focus on my writing instead of spending time doing other, less important stuff. It’s a wonderful thing called Write or Die. You put in the number of words you want to write in an amount of time of your choosing, and then you write. Depending on which mode you selected, your computer will either make a loud and annoying sound, a pop-up window will appear, or your words you’ve spent time writing will disappear. Hence the name, Write or Die.

Speaking of writing, how much possible writing time have you spent reading this? I can’t possibly be that interesting. And I know you would never, ever even dream of procrastinating. So, what are you waiting for? Go and write!

Best of luck,
Alison

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About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on January 8, 2011, in Novels, Writing: The Process and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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