November 1st: the first day of NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month)
30 days to write 50,000 words. A novel. A novella. A collection of short stories. Whatever you desire to write – all in the span of a month. Jeez.
For me, it’s the first time I’ve ever done NaNoWriMo. I’m currently sitting on my sofa, my NaNoWriMo prep scattered around me, staring at a soulless blank page. I want to start – but am I truly ready? Should I spend a few more hours prepping today? What am I even supposed to do? Have I got my tea yet? So much internal screaming.
For you, this might not be the case. You might be focused, hunched over your computer, speeding through a draft that you know is bad but might as well finish anyway.
Yet whether you’re a newbie or a deadline meeting veteran, as a fellow writing buddy, it’s my duty to tell you that you can do it.
We all signed up for this. We made a promise. And now it’s time to prove ourselves. Grab whatever makes you happy – tea, a safe place, your dog. Forget about word counts and deadlines, just for today. Doesn’t matter if you write a lot or a little – today, starting is what matters. After all, you can always catch up later, but you can’t catch up in a race you didn’t begin.
So be fearless. Write your story, whatever it is. I want to hear it. You want to hear it. What’s stopping you? Really, truly, honest-to-God stopping you?
Today will be daunting, yes. But you’re not alone.
Don’t be afraid, my fellow writers.
I’m with you.
A fellow writing buddy.