NaNoWriMo Tip #26: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

So here we are, and as I’m reading the blogs and testing the waters, I’m finding several blog posts about people giving up hope of ever reaching 50,000 words by Friday.  Many of the posts opine their sorrow of not finishing, feeling like their writing skills are sub-par, lamenting the coveted goal of winning the competition.

My answer to those people is: so what?

The task of attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in a month is a stellar task indeed.  It is, as they say, nothing to sneeze at.  If you have written even half of that in a month and it’s good stuff, then what does it matter.  Try again next year.  The point is that your attempt to write a novel is awesome and you should never sell yourself short by belittling your abilities or complaining about your shortcomings.

Writing is indeed hard work.  It takes a lot of steam to push up that mountain and write a long form plot with subplots, multiple characters, multi-layered settings and metaphors and all other things that make for good writing.  The task, even for writers who make a living doing so, is monumental and demands its pound of flesh.

So do not fret, do not beat yourself up.  Rework that novel and finish it now that you’ve started it.  Maybe it will be a novella, maybe it will become the germ of a larger work.  Who knows?

Take a break for now, but then as soon as you recover, dig down and write.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Tip #26: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

  1. Well said Roger! I agree. If you did not compete what you had set out to do, chances are you probably did get a good feel for the committment required to keep your thought pattern and juices flowing in order to make your work come together. It is hard work, but worth it in the end.

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