Already on Day Two of NaNoWriMo, I found myself struggling. The words were coming slow, I was writing in fits and starts. I realized I was too hung up on the sequence of events in the story. I was stuck trying to write the story in order. I started kicking myself for not putting an outline to paper like I had planned. Sure, I had the first several scenes laid out in my mind, but my planning never got much further than that. If only I had done that outline, I thought, I’d be in much better shape.
Then I remembered: “Don’t get it right, get it written.”
This is only a first draft – a shitty first draft. I don’t have to get it right the first time through, I can always go back later and move scenes around or add scenes. It’s okay to write the story out of order. Once I gave myself permission to write whatever scene I wanted rather than trying to stick to a timeline, the words came easier. I finally got into a writing flow mid-afternoon and ended up with 2,436 at the end of the day.
I kept telling myself, “Just get it written,” and surpassed 6,000 words on Day Three. I was able to write over 5,000 words this weekend and am a full day ahead of schedule (I’m thrilled to have even just a little cushion going into the work week!)
The lesson is, sometimes we have to get out of our own way in order to get the words on the page.
I still want to sit down and put together a more detailed outline, but I have given myself permission to write it any order necessary!
What is your NaNoWriMo mantra that’s getting you through? Let’s hear them!
Words Written Today: 2,583
Total Words Written: 6,764
Words Left to Go: 43,236
Percent Complete: 14%
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