Welcome to Week Three!

Week one is–usually–the easiest part of the quest to write a novel in a month. It’s when your idea is fresh and new and exciting, it’s when you’re pumped up and ready to go. Week two is often the hardest part of this noble quest, the week when you look at your novel every day and go ‘wow, this is crap’, the week where you feel uninspired and slow.

Week three is when things get a bit smoother. The finish line, really, is just around a bend and down a hill, relatively easy to get to except they forgot to pave the road so you’ll have to worry about plot holes tripping you up. Some of us have gotten ahead of the race and are walking to the finish line. Some of us are jogging towards the finish line, trying desperately to keep up and somehow barely managing. And some of us are way behind and running at top speed to catch up and make the finish line.

It doesn’t matter what group you are in right now. We’re just about halfway through the month, but there are still 16 days. You can do almost anything (except get a university degree) in sixteen days. All of us are capable of rising to the challenge of writing a 50, 000 word novel in a month. Chris Baty has always believed in the untapped novelling power of all human beings, and I personally think he’s right: we can all write a novel, if we really put our minds to it.

If you are ahead, well done. Don’t forget to cheer on your fellow writers. You have room to relax, but be careful, you don’t want to relax too much or you’ll never make it to the finish line. If you’re a superstar and you’ve already finished your 50, 000 words–which, by the way, I did last night–then dance around your room a few times, relax for a couple days, and if you still have any story left, keep writing.

For those of you who are right on track, congratulations. Slow and steady does win the race, but really, there’s nothing slow about writing 1, 667 words a day. You are a superstar too, and I have full faith that you can reach the finish line. Just keep up the good work. Remember that you’re awesome and that you deserve chocolate for meeting all of your word goals.

And for those of you that are behind, never fear. You can still catch up. Remember that anyone can do anything for fifteen minutes, and that if you can manage to squeeze in an extra fifteen minutes of writing time, that’s an extra few hundred words you’re adding daily, a few hundred extra words which will carry you over the finish line. And remember that there are two weekends left in the month, weekends which can be spent ignoring boyfriends, friends and family members and writing until your fingers hurt.

For all of you, keep writing. Congratulations on making it this far; you really are awesome. And this novel inside of you that you are working so hard to get down on the page? I can’t promise that it will be the next bestseller, or even that it will get published, but I can promise that you will be proud that you finished it and that Createspace will send you a free copy of your novel.

Come on, Wrimos. Show the world what you’ve got by writing a novel in a month. You can do it.

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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 November 14, 2011, in Nanowrimo, Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve been following your pep-talks; thanks so much for spending the time to write this weekly blogs!
    Congrats on 50, 000! I hope you can make it to your goal! I can’t even imagine.
    I just hit 30,000 yesterday early evening and took today off to catch up on blogging, emails, and the etc.
    I wish I could donate, but I’m broke myself!

    • Hi Caressa!

      So glad you could join us. I really love Nanowrimo, and I also love helping fellow writers. I also enjoy convincing random strangers to participate. Hehehe.

      Thanks a lot. You’re still doing a great job–everybody has different limits, different amounts of time they can allot to Nanowrimo, and different typing speeds. 30, 000 words is something to be proud of.

      Everybody’s broke these days, I completely understand. I’m broke all the time–it’s part of being a student and an intern and not having a real job. Hopefully we’ll both be able to donate by the time next year rolls around.

      Thanks for reading,

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