NaNoWriMo Day # 1: Don’t Turn and Run, You Can Actually Do This!

Okay so it’s Day 1 of National Novel Writing Month.  Even though it’s only the first day you are already thinking “what in the world did I get myself into here?”  You are re-thinking the whole idea and pondering what the point of it all is.

Thoughts of doubt are starting to seep in and you are beginning to realize just how many words 50,000 is and the time you will have to invest to get it done.  For those of you who have never done this before you may be starting to realize just how hard it really is to write a novel.

Coming from someone who has had all of these thoughts racing through their head before, and all at once, from the times I have done NaNoWriMo before, I’m here to tell you DON’T LISTEN TO THOSE VOICES!  Those are the voices that are trying to get you to give up before you even begin.  I know it seems like it can’t be done and like there is no point to all of this but it just isn’t true.  The point is that your novel is closer to being done then it was before you started.

No matter what you’re inner critic is telling you, you can’t listen.  You Can Do This.  Hang in there, it does get easier.  Soon (maybe even tomorrow) you will start to fall in love with your story as well as your characters and the plot will be all you can think about.  Don’t run away from your story now, it needs you to convey it to the rest of the world!


Jimmetta Carpenter


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