Well, I have officially made it to Week Two of NaNoWriMo. Woo, hoo! And congratulations to all of you fellow Wrimoians who have made it thus far as well. We're on our way!
So, week two is the week of "The Slump" or "The Murky Middle". This is where people start wondering why they ever thought this would be fun, when they wonder why they ever thought they could ever write something worth reading, ever. And did I say ever? Ever. But I am here to dispel all of these doubts and worries with some friendly advice and tips.
Number One: Do. Not. Give. Up.
If you are tempted to give in and give up, to scratch all of what you did in week one, to say "Forget this, this was a stupid idea, anyway," then you need to revisit the good ol' days. The days when this story idea first began to form in your head, and why you fell in love with this plot. There is a reason you chose this story, So, think back on that, and get back on track.
Number Two: Right On, Write On.
What is the right thing to do on a day where you'd prefer shoot yourself in the head rather than sit back in that stinking chair and put your fingers to that keyboard? On a day when you'd prefer to pull out your fingernails rather than write one more word? The right thing to do is to write. To write is right. Is it always easy? No. Do we always want to? Ha. But deep down, do we know we should? *shifty eyes, fidgety fingers* Maybe. Really? That's all you've got? Okay, okay, yes, yes, we do know it. So, no matter what, remember this:
Number Three: Suck it up and do it anyway.
Don't feel like writing? Suck it up and do it anyway. Don't have any awesome inspiration? Suck it up and do it anyway. Have so many other things to do before you write? Suck it up and do it anyway. Have any other excuses that are really lame and irrelevant? Suck it up and do it anyway. If you give in to every one of these excuses, then sure, your car and house will be clean, you might have taken the dog for more walks than he's had in years, you might have actually turned in all of your papers on time for the first time ever, but what about your novel? The one you made so many promises to and about, the one you couldn't wait to write in week one? It will sit, get dusty, and you will lose NaNoWriMo. But how do you win? You don't give up, you write on, and you suck it up and do it anyway.
Now, because you are probably only reading this to procrastinate, let me tell you to STOP READING THIS AND GO WRITE!
And remember: You've got this!