So You’re Crazy Enough to Try To Write a Novel (Now What?)

‘Twas two days before NaNoWriMo…and all through the house…everybody was freaking out.

I know that this is my first year doing NaNoWriMo, and maybe I don’t know what to expect, but everyone seems a little…on edge about it. I’ve been prepping, sure, but some people are all bent out of shape, crying, dreading November 1st, and losing sleep over their still-unwritten manuscripts.

I am not known for setting goals, much less meeting them when I do set them. Or maybe it’s that I don’t challenge myself or take anything seriously. Sure, I’d love to write a book, why not? But I’m not gonna get all nuts if I can’t do it all in 30 days. At least I hope I won’t.

I’m not saying that all writers are crazy, just most of them. Me included.  But I guess my motto has always been “avoid stress whenever possible.” So I don’t let myself get upset over things. Writing a novel is great. Most people who want to write a novel never get around to it, or they start it and don’t finish it. If you can start to write a novel, and finish it, you get lots of credit from me. Write every day, if you can. Get into a good habit. But for your sake, and the sake of the people around you, don’t stress too much, please. Write because you love to, not because you have to. And give it a break if it stresses you out!


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