The second week of NaNoWriMo has come to a close at last. Everyone says that the second week is the hardest, and it really is true. I kept telling myself that if I just managed not to quit this past week, that I would be able to finish. And that’s pretty true. The vast majority of people who quit NaNo simply don’t start; they think of a novel but then can’t get pen to paper that first day or two, and decide that since they can’t catch up, they might as well just wait another year. Then there are those who make a start, even a great start, the first week, but as day seven rolls around and they’re looking at the distance from 10K to 50K, and they start truly hating their story and think every word they write is miserable crap, then suddenly they just decide maybe they need a better story. Maybe next year they’ll be writing something good.
The secret to making it to week three is two-fold. First, make it to week two by starting your story. Then (and this is the key point) keep writing throughout week two. It doesn’t matter if every sentence makes you feel slightly ill, if you know that you will end up deleting entire sections. Just. Keep. Writing. If you don’t give up, you’ll find yourself in week three, and maybe the story won’t seem quite so bad;maybe the prose will flow a little more easily, or maybe you’ll still find yourself clawing your way through every milestone. Either way, you’ll have a lot more words of a story that you needed to tell. You will be halfway through the goal word count, meaning that every day you have less to write than you’ve already written. And the odds are, it won’t look as bad in December.
Happy writing, everyone! Good luck with week three! Over halfway now!