Does finishing writing that thing* feel like an uphill struggle?
* Like a play or novel, or any passion project really.
Picture the scene.
NaNoWriMo seemed like such a great idea. A 50k novella (or a script, or a thing) in 30 days. NP. You’ve got this.
You know you want to write it. There’s a plot burning at your brain.
Characters with glorious lives have taken up residence inside your skull.
And their lives are waaay more interesting than yours, right?
You start with so much enthusiasm.
And then it hits. Bulldozer-like.
Your. work. is. awful.
Like off the charts bad. Why did you ever think this was a good idea.
There’s a mountain of chores that simply have to be done. Stat.
Oh and you’ve got to check your email. Just in case.
And you haven’t spoken to that person from school who used to steal your dinner money in aaages. So that’s a must. Obviously.
And before you know what’s happened it’s a month later. NaNoWriMo’s over and you’ve written, maybe, 200 words.
Recognise the picture?
That was me last year. Yes, my grand total for a month of good intentions was 200 words!
I’ve been participating in Nano for a few years and no, I’ve never ‘won’ it. In fact, the best year I had was 17k in 2016. But last year was terrible.
Even by my standards.
So I’ve made a decision.
This year it’s going to be different.
I’m not going to let myself get distracted, despondent or any other word beginning d.
To help me along I’ve created a series of motivational virtual ‘postcards’ that I’m going to send myself every other day throughout November.
To remind me to keep going.
To remind me not to get off track.
To remind me not to let myself down.
And then I thought, I can’t be the only one who loses motivation, or courage, during nano.
Why not share it
with others who want a little nano boost?
So I created a Facebook group for us all.
If you’re planning on taking part this year and want to give your writing the support we both know it deserves, I invite you to join me in this 30 Day 16 Message thing over on Facebook .
Do you think I mentioned Facebook enough? ?
PS: it’s called ‘Postcards from your Play’ because I love alliteration but it’ll work for any writing project, so if you’re a classic NaNoWriMo writer, or other type of NaNo-Rebel, then it’ll still be good and we’d love to see you there. xx