Alright Wrimos, today is the first day of the rest of our lives! Or, well, the first day of November. Either way, hopefully, you’re as excited as I am to finally start writing your new novel! I won’t lie to you: NaNoWriMo is incredibly stressful and, at times, difficult. It can be painful to have to sit down in front of your desk and stare at a blank white page, knowing full well you don’t have to inspiration or motivation to write a single word.
Nonetheless, you persevere. You want to reach the end of your novel. You want to be able to tell yourself (and the world) that you’re a novelist. You wrote a book! You actually wrote “The End” at the end of a long, painstakingly written narrative, and you’re proud of yourself. Whatever reason you choose to press on during this NaNoWriMo, make sure that it’s because you want to write and tell this story. Not because you want to be famous or rich (it’s surprisingly hard to make a whole lot of money as a novelist, so don’t quit your day job just because you got signed by an agent) but because you truly enjoy creating stories, characters, and new worlds (if you’re a fantasy writer like me).
NaNoWriMo is tough. I’m not going to lie. But that doesn’t mean you’re totally alone during this process. You can use the advice I post on this website and/or you can go to the NaNoWriMo forums to find help and support. Remember: you are not alone. Reach out to your fellow writers and be confident in knowing that they will definitely accept you with open arms.
Good luck with your writing and I’ll see you at the end!