We’re entering the fourth week of NaNoWriMo! If you’re challenging NaNo, how is it going for you? For me it’s been crazy, especially as I fall behind my daily goals and write furiously to catch-up. As I type, I’m about 19,000 words behind. Whew! Even though I fell behind during Sketchtember and Inktober as well, I feel like I didn’t have this much trouble, haha. >_<;;
I don’t mean to imply that art is easier than writing. It’s not! Actually, I consider myself more skilled at writing, as I’ve been practicing that for over a decade, and I’ve only seriously been drawing for a couple of years. Rather than being “easier,” it’s more that during the art challenges, I was able to decide when each piece was finished. I could spend more or less time on a piece, depending on how much time I had, or how quickly I finished it. During NaNo, there’s a hard goal of 50,000 words, or an average of 1,667 words/day. If you don’t hit that, then you aren’t done, so it’s a little different.
Though, speaking of Inktober, lemme just pause a second here to add a piece of eye candy. . . .
As we come up on the home stretch of NaNo, I feel like I’ve already learned a lot. Like. . .
- I *can* write 1,667 words a day. Not only that, I can write 2000+ words a day! (3000 is still out of reach, though. Practice practice!)
- When you sit down and do something creative for a long time, you actually get more creative! Crazy, huh? I guess what they say about creativity being a muscle is true!
- It’s okay to deviate from your plot! It just means that you know the story and your characters better.
- Watching the word count stack up feels amazing. Even if you have to cut some later, each word takes you closer to a finished book.
- Even if you “fail” NaNo, you won’t have really failed. Every word you write is a small victory. Keep writing – then you’ll win the war!
For everyone who is currently doing a challenge of any sort – NaNoWriMo, or Huevember, or whatever – keep at it! The finish line is closer than you think!
See y’all in December!