15 day writing mark

March 18, 2013Victoria Lynn Schmidt

So you are all about half way through 30 days! Congratulations. (as seen in http://naronowrimo.com/2013/04/23/halfway-through-naronowrimo-dont-edit-dont-judge-dont-stop/

Some of you probably are rolling along just fine, in a zone. Some of you are in a panic because you didn’t write as much as you had hoped by now. Some of you wrote more than expected and started to feel drained, maybe questioning the merits of your story.


Wherever you are in the process, it doesn’t matter, only getting words on the page matters. Don’t edit, don’t judge, don’t stop.


If you’re rolling along, stop reading this and just keep doing whatever you’ve been doing. Just think twice before sharing your good muse fortune as many people who were happy for you in the beginning may be dealing with some halfway mark demons of their own. Just keep pressing forward.


If you’re in a panic because you didn’t write as much as you had hoped, then don’t worry. Just figure out how many words per day you need to complete and take it day by day… In the end any word count is still amazing! But at this point you can still make up a low word count.


If you wrote more than expected and are feeling drained or doubting your story’s merits, take a quick break far far from the computer, get out in the sunlight, walk, move the body, see some beauty around you. Get back into your body, that is where creativity is… Don’t you dare question your story’s merits at this point. You are in no mental or creative place to make such judgments. You are going for a word count no a masterpiece.


In the end this is supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to get you down the path of self expression. You will have accomplished what many only dream of – actually writing THAT novel. It’s everyone’s secret dream.


In two weeks you will be able to call yourself a writer, (or reaffirm it) that is what is important here – words on the page so you can call yourself a real writer the second you get to ‘the end’.


[box] Worth, merit, publication, save all that for later. Write these doubts and emotions down on a piece of paper marked ‘later’ and set them aside.[/box]
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Comments (15)

  • Mary

    April 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you, Victoria! NaNoWriMo is a challenge (they admit that up front) but I know it is so worth it for all the reasons you mentioned. I always have to be reminded of those reasons about halfway through because it does get difficult! Taking a break can definitely rejuvenate a writer. Once that’s over, though, the butt needs to be in the chair, the hands need to be on the keyboard, and the eyes need to be on the prize (NOT editing! lol) 😉
    Good luck, everyone!

  • Victoria Lynn Schmidt

    April 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    So true. We have to show up for the magic to happen.

  • Annie Marie Peters

    April 23, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Absolutely! The nanawrimo book in a month idea is such a great writing exercise. It also gives us a good lesson in acceptance for ourselves. Sometimes what we write is genius, other times it’s hard to get a sentence out. Either way, we have to learn to accept where we are in the journey.

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt

      April 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Great point Annie, stop beating ourselves up and let go of perfection… it doesn’t exist.

  • Mary

    May 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Amen to that, Annie! Perfection is an illusion that does not exist.

    Hope everyone got to their 50k last month!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Keep butt in chair!

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  • Maura

    May 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve participated in nanowrimo in the past and I greatly valued the experience. There is definitely something freeing about only focusing on the writing itself and letting the story take its course. Great encouragement and reminder here about us getting out of our own way and allowing the writing to take place, I know I can benefit from the tips you offered here, even outside of the nanowrimo challenge.

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Just keep writing 🙂 or as they say in Nanowrimo “butt in chair”

  • Ruby Bryant

    May 19, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I really like the idea of making a conscious decision to set aside those internal doubts aside and simply focus on the process. I do this in other areas of my life when stresses come – choosing to set aside the emotion and deal with the issue is necessary at times. I definitely see how the same method can be applied to writing. We have the control! Great post!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Good point. We can be so successful in one area of life and then forget to apply the same techniques and habits in other areas.

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