NaNoWriMo is more than half over. If you’re engaged with it, where are you on your novel? Hint : the correct answer is “working hard on it.”
No, that’s not a number, but a number isn’t the correct answer to the question. Last month I made a post about writing that I sort of half-disguised as being about NaNoWriMo. The general theme of the post, and of NaNoWriMo, is to write. Whether you finish or not, you’re writing, which is something you may or may not do otherwise. Finishing a novel is hard work, whether you do it in a month, a year, a decade, whatever.
As citation of this, I provide this article about math : http://qz.com/139453/theres-one-key-difference-between-kids-who-excel-at-math-and-those-who-dont/
One could apply the same ideas to a great many things in life, not just math or writing. It all boils down to this : hard work is the great equalizer. If you expected it to be easy, you’re in the wrong field. If you expected your first draft of your first work ever to be amazing and publishable, you’re REALLY REALLY in the wrong field. BUT, with a lot of hard work, you can change all that.
My favorite part of that article is this bit : “5. ‘Persistence in the face of failure is very much part of the Asian tradition of self-improvement. And [people in those countries] are accustomed to criticism in the service of self-improvement in situations where Westerners avoid it or resent it.’ “
This means that if / when you finish, open it up for criticism – don’t work in a vacuum. If you’ve read my blog at all, you know that I love going to crit group and getting my work stabbed in the face. Happy butterfly smileyface comments don’t make it better. Pointing out problems and things that could be better does.
Ok, enough. Stop reading blogs and go hit the keyboard like you mean it.