In my experience, the hardest part of NaNoWriMo – and all writing in general, really – is getting past the endless mental hurdles and simply starting to write, every day.
It’s very, very easy to get caught up in all the reasons not to sit down and create new sentences on any given day. And some days maybe you legitimately can’t find the time. It’s possible. But not every day.
So while I wouldn’t want to write 50,000 words every month, one month a year should be doable. But it’s hard. Like every other writer I know, I get in my own head. No one will ever read this. This isn’t any good. Why am I wasting my time doing this? But really, why?
Because I write. And for at least one month a year, that’s enough.
So when I had my own “maybe I should give up this stupid challenge” moment on Monday, I forced myself to spend an hour at the computer, doing nothing but writing. Not checking emails or adjusting my fantasy football roster. Just writing.
By the end of Tuesday I had broken the 25,000 word barrier and was halfway home.
Here’s to the second half, everybody.