During NaNoWriMo, there aren’t enough hours in a day. Not only are there not enough hours for all the writing there is to be done, but there simply isn’t enough time for all the great NaNo related activities! There are blogs to follow, NaNo Pep Talks and tweets to read, spreadsheets to update… the list goes on.
In the days leading up to November 1st, I still hadn’t finished my character sketches or my outline, I hadn’t yet downloaded a shiny new spreadsheet to track my progress, and my NaNo mail was left unopened. Last night, I began catching up on all of that, in addition to writing. Luckily, we gain an hour this weekend (I think I figured out why National Novel Writing Month is in November!)
As I was catching up on my email, I read the pep talk from Rainbow Rowell, Author of Attachments and Fangirl. Something she said in her pep talk really spoke to me:
During NaNoWriMo, I never left the world of the book long enough to lose momentum.
I stayed immersed in the story all month long, and that made everything come so much smoother than usual. I got a much quicker grasp on the main characters and their voices. The plotlines shot forward…
I mean, I still didn’t know whether what I’d written was any good. (I hadn’t even read it all in one piece!) But I was so excited about the novel, I wanted to write every day. And even when I wasn’t writing, my brain was still working on the story.
Reading this, I realized why I love NaNoWriMo: every November, I fall in love with writing all over again. I fall in love with writing every day even when its hard, I fall in love with my characters. I love that feeling of being immersed in the story, as Rowell says, of living with one foot in this world and the other foot inside the world I’m creating. This is why I write.
Good luck, wrimos! Write and fall in love!
You can read the full pep talk from Rainbow Rowell here (although I bet you already read it, didn’t you!)
Words Written Today: 1,745
Words to Go: 48,255
Percent Complete: 3.5%
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