#NaNoWriMo2018 #writersblock #gentlenudge

NaNoWriMo is a tool many writers use to force big word counts – you start a project one the 1st of November (theoretically you’ve been prepping for at least the entire month of PREPtober) and get to at least 50’000 words by the end of the month. That’s 30 days. It’s roughly 1700 words a day, give or take.

It sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? I thought so the first time I signed up. And I didn’t finish that. And then I wrote Abel’s legacy – and I wrote that fast and the word count is in the region of 120’000 words – far more than 50’000 – so I thought this year might be a little better. But no. Alas, a total lack of preparation and having submitted my thesis only a week before starting meant that I didn’t even settle on the project I’ve started until the week just gone – nearly a full week into the whole month. But I decided on a project, and that is what matters. And I intend to continue the project even if I don’t finish it in the allotted 30 days.

And that is the thing about writer’s block. You just have to push. Persevere. Let it happen but give it a gentle nudge.

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