The marathon has begun!! It feels great to begin cranking out those words and see your word count increase. Wouldn’t it be great if life would simply stop during NaNo? You wouldn’t have anything else to worry about other than typing away at your latest creation. Alas, the world doesn’t revolve around NaNo or its writers. The world keeps turning no matter what. So, let’s talk about other NaNo Myths you need to be prepared for:
Myth #1: My project will remain on target.
Unless you are able to go on a four-week sabbatical from work, move out of your house, and avoid all public places of interest (grocery store, department stores, or coffee shop), your novel will not stay on track all month long. Life happens, and you need to be prepared for it. This month is the host of our Thanksgiving holiday – an entire four-day weekend dedicated to over-eating, traveling, and shopping. Unless you can keep yourself focused, count on not writing for a couple days this morning and making those words up on other days.
Myth #2: I will not get writer’s block.
As much as I would love to tell you this is true, it happens in NaNo. If you write well under pressure – never writing yourself into a corner or getting bored with the plot – you may actually find this myth is true. I have yet to meet one person who didn’t have one tango with writer’s block during NaNo. This is because we are trying to get a lot of words in a short amount of time. Even the best of writers have dealt with writer’s block at some point, so don’t get discouraged.
Myth #3: I can write anytime.
Your goal is to write a rough draft in 30 days, and that takes discipline. Part of the discipline is carving time out of each day to write your novel. By saying, “I can write anytime,” you are pushing your goal backwards. Rather take the time as it comes to write what you can. A few hundred words on your lunch break is better than nothing by the end of the day when you are drained and ready to go to bed.
As you continue this writing journey with us, keep your goals in mind and hold yourself accountable for writing. Use a writing buddy or find someone to challenge you. Do whatever you can to in order to get your story written.