Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 26


Are you on track with your word count or exceeded it already? Come back tomorrow, this post isn't for you. This post is for those who have fallen behind.

Cheer up, it's mostly good. Falling behind in word count doesn't mean much. I've stated this in several posts this month, but I'm repeating to drill in the importance of not feeling sorry for yourself.

Let's try and find out where most "serious" writers are at. I want to say, 15,000 to 35,000 words. That feels about right. If you find yourself around or in those numbers, congratulations, you whooped some serious ass this month.

It's all a numbers game. Writing 20,000 words a month totals 240,000 words a year. I think most people would be happy with that kind of output on a regular basis. And that's lower than 1,000 words a day. That's a pretty sweet deal.

I don't appreciate seeing people with high word counts putting themselves with those who are struggling. Yes, everyone has different expectations, but NaNoWriMo is huge for first time writers, and that means first time problems. Someone who's new has a tough time relating to the discipline and dedication of a high word count writer.

"But it's easy. All you do is sit down and write" can go right ahead and fuck off. It's not the writing, it's the dedication. Those who keep at it, even if they go a month without writing anything, will strengthen their chances of achieving the dream. We look so intently on word counts and published material, we skim right by what makes it all possible.

What I hope I've achieved this month with thirty (soon to be) blog posts is the inspiration to keep going on. I needed it when I started writing, so the least I can do it put a little bit out there into the world.