Friday, November 23, 2012

The Thankful Writer

As many of you could tell by my previous post, I have been a bit behind with my NaNo writing. This has completely frustrated me. So much so, that I have taken to stringing words together that don't make much sense. I have also had little to no ability to concentrate on the story I am trying to write. My solution?

To forgive myself.

To ignore those who have no idea what it's like to be a writer.

To be thankful for whatever story I have typed onto bright-white sheets of paper.

I think the whole "you have to write 1,600 words per day" think of NaNo is just too much for me. Some authors are able to write much more than this amount per day, but there are others who write only certain days of the week. I have interviewed many writers who say they stay up very late at night to get their word count goal in daily. There are some who talk about writing every day, no matter how good or bad the words are. Then, a while back I remember reading a post by Nathan Bransford about this very topic.

And last week I finally realized that I am placing entirely too much pressure on myself and that the whole idea that writers MUST write everyday in order to be wonderful is--whack.

I am a weekend writing warrior. There. I said it. Whew!

I think about my story and my characters every day, all week long, but I have no time to write. All of my weekday planning helps me to actually spend a lot of quality time with my laptop on the weekend. For the few hours my kids allow me to have quiet time, I can pound out thousands and thousands of words. The truly wonderful thing about this is that my story has gotten better because I have finally let go of trying to do something impossible for me.

The whole idea is that we are writers. We love telling stories. How we accomplish this is up to us. No longer should anyone feel pressure to conform to the mold countless people try to place us in. We were meant to break the molds, to break the rules. We. Are. Writers. And in that, we should all rejoice and be thankful.


  1. Thank you!! This is exactly what I needed to hear. I was feeling pretty bad that I failed at Nano. I mean, truly, utterly FAILED as in wrote barely anything. haha.

    BUT-- I got a great story idea out of it and some chapters I really love. Life gets in the way sometimes, but it doesn't mean we are not writers. thanks for that reminder.

  2. just do what works best for you. Writing every day is out of the question for me so I just set a weekly word count instead.