Since we are so deeply connected to our artistic works, it's easy to get 1) obsessed, 2) defensive/over-protective, 3) overly attached, 4) deeply emotionally invested, and lots of other similar things.
(Hey, it's the end of nano. My words are in short supply. Cut me some slack.) XP
So here a lot of us are, nearing the end of nano. And that big question looms.
Will I hit 50k?
It's the Big Question, after all. It's what we've all been working towards all month ... right?
If you haven't hit this number yet, you might be experiencing some doubts and fears that you won't reach it. And that will somehow make you ... a failure at writing.
After all, this goal has been set. When we don't reach a goal, we fail.
Guys, I hope you don't think this. I've probably said this before, but I'm going to say it again.
We are creating art here. And we're not all going to do it the same way.
The goal of this month, the goal of NaNoWriMo itself, is NOT TO HIT 50K.
The goal is to get you to write.
The goal is to get you to think about writing. To try to find time this month to dedicate to your novel. How you do that is up to you. How much time you spend is your choice personally. Some have more time to dedicate to writing than others.
And that's okay. That's just how life works.
If you're not at 50k yet, don't despair. You still have time to punch out the words and hit that mark. And even if you don't hit that 50k, even if you've only written 100 words this month, you still wrote.
And that makes you a winner. Because this month is not about 50k. This month is about working on our stories. Our art. What we love.
Don't let yourself get down in the dumps if you didn't write as much as everyone else did. Where would be the fun in that, if we all wrote the same?
So spent these last few days of November how you will. Write when you can, and write what you love. Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Whether you write it all this month or not, if you put your mind to it this book will get written eventually. So keep writing, nano or not. Have confidence in who you are and what you do.
Do what you love, and do it boldly.
Have you hit 50k for nano? If not, do you have another goal in mind? Are you struggling with your word count, or are you feeling okay / good about it? If you need some encouragement, I'll try to respond to your comments on Sunday! (I'm gone all day today and for most of Sunday though, but I'd love to chat with you guys)