NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 12: Small Victories

by | Nov 12, 2016 |

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

Yeah, lots of negatives this week. My body is reminding me that I’m not twenty any more, and it’s taking longer to recover from working at the polls on Tuesday than I would like. The writing is only just coming back, so the pad I’d built up is now gone, which means I need to write flat out as much as possible to make 50,000. Those of you who know me on Twitter, I will be showing up regularly on @NaNoWordSprints.

But in writing, these days have not been a total negative, because while I’ve lost my pad, writing has gotten done. In fact, I’ve not only managed to write something every day during NaNo, my Bullet Journal tells me that I am at 234 days straight of writing.

Two hundred and thirty-four days in which I have managed to pound out at least a hundred words every day or done measurable prep for a book or revisions, because that’s writing, too. That encompasses blog posts, a few odd fics under my fannish non de plume, revisions on Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness (on sale for $0.99 on Amazon for a limited time), and pages of ideas for a fantasy series that’s gone into the “Oh, I’m definitely writing this” column. (There are maps. I don’t usually do maps, so that told me this is serious.) I’ve got a Valentine’s Day short collection that’s due up in two months and twenty-five days.

I’m not listing this to toot my own horn. Well, except for the ad for Surviving 30 Days; please buy my book. What I’m trying to say is that while some of this is not the progress I wanted, it is progress. It is writing and keeping the habit each and every day for almost two-thirds of a year. I’ve seen a lot of people struggling this week, finding themselves off course for all sorts of reason. Know this. First, you are not alone. Second, every word you write is a victory, even if you don’t make your word count today, this week, this month. It is a victory because it is more words than you had written yesterday. We take this day by day because that is how we live life. We can build and plan for the future, but today is what we have to work with.

Make today positive for yourself. Focus on what you get done, not what you don’t.

Word Count Goal: 20,004

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