Keeping the Momentum

congratulationsCongratulations to all the NaNoWriMo winners! You all rock!

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is still something I’ve actually never tried; the 50,000 word goal intimidates me too much. I mean, I’ve barely written that many words in a year — definitely not a month. But still, I have huge respect for everyone who participated, even those who fell short of that (quite possibly insane) goal.

There’s something so admirable about dedicating an entire month to one writing project, maintaining your focus day after day, and learning to silence your inner critic long enough to keep pushing ahead, even when your novel seems to have veered off in a rather unfortunate direction.

That’s one of the main benefits of NaNoWriMo — you don’t have time to stop and analyze what you’re writing. You have to keep your head down and get those words on the page… now!

And when you think about it, isn’t that the kind of determination writers should have all the time, every month? We shouldn’t have to wait ’til November rolls around to make our novels-in-progress our priority, right?

Well, guess what?

It’s December 1st — a shiny new month! And if you participated in NaNoWriMo (or not!), you can start this month with a NaNoWriMo-esque kind of energy and dedication. It’s all about momentum, isn’t it? If you didn’t get it last month, maybe you can get it now! And you don’t need to set a 50,000 word goal or anything, but you can write every day. And you can move your project 31 days closer to a complete draft.

Let me put it this way: Every month can be National Novel Writing Month… in our minds.

Start now!


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8 responses to “Keeping the Momentum

  1. martineleavitt

    Wow! What a terrific idea, Coe! I won’t do it this month, but I’m going to choose a month and try it out.

  2. Moving a project 21 days closer to its finish is a good plan!

  3. We need to tell ourselves that this novel-writing thing is somehow possible. I remember the first time it dawned on me that I might be able to get to the end of a draft. It was at New Years and it occurred to me that if I wrote only one page a day I’d have a large pile of papers, if nothing else, by the year’s end. Suddenly it seemed doable.

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