Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Not a Race

National Novel Writing Month. We all say we're gonna do it. A lot of us probably will do it. I plan on doing so, but when I think about how slow of a writer I am, it makes me doubt my ability to actually write a whole novel in just a month. Hell, I've been writing The Deceased for about a month and it only has around 5,000 words.

So, I am royally screwed. Or am I? My friend and indie author, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, told me something yesterday that has been sticking with me. I told her about how slow of a writer I am and she told me "It's not a race. I have to tell myself that all the time,".

And it's not. I also talked to my pal Brent last night. He plans to do NaNoWriMo, too, but he is also a super-slow writer. His goal is to get 10,000 words written the entire month.

And even though my goal is to become a published author before I graduate high school, I still have time. It doesn't have to be right now. I can wait a little longer because even if it doesn't happen before I graduate in four years, it will someday.

I know it will because it is what I want to do and it is something I am passionate about. I will make it happen, no matter what.


  1. Good for you! Really though, try to write as fast as you can. You have no idea how stoked you'll be when you have an entire rough draft after just a month! It'll be like fast-forwarding a year, if you're usually pretty slow. And then you can take your time editing to make it really spectacular.

    I've been doing NaNo for three years now and I just loooove the breakneck speed.

  2. You're only a freshman this year, too. You've got three more years after this one to finish a novel and get it published. :)

  3. I'm with you on that! I'll probably try doing NaNoWriMo this year as well, even though I probably won't have time to write that much x'D But I won't give up before trying.

  4. it´s right, "it´s not a race" i don´t ethier have enough time to write...
    i read the first chapeter of diseased and i really like it!
    it´s very good, you should continue wrtting it ;)
    and yes, you still have a lot of time to finish your book so, don´t worry :) be happy xD
    have a nice day!

  5. I have to keep telling myself that, too. Even if you don't complete NaNoWriMo, or if your goal is smaller, then it's still a great starting-off point. I think the idea is to get you motivated to write your novel, and that's what I'm going to use it as this year. I don't know if I'll hit 50,000 words, but I'm going to write (and enjoy what I write!) even if I don't.

  6. Seriously, Alex, do it! If you go for only 50K, you have to write like 1500 words a day. It takes like an hour and a half, assuming you can type pretty fast. You have an hour and a half each day, don't you??

    I wish they'd had Nano when I was in high school. I wrote like crazy, hours each day, but I never finished anything until I was 23. You can be ahead of the game. :)


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