Half Full? Half Empty? Half Done?


Image: Napervile NaNoWriMo

It’s past mid-November, so let’s check in on that challenge I accepted. Remember, I said I was going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and produce a manuscript in a month? The month is more than half over but I’m not half done. I’ve made lots of progress, though. I have a binder full of notes on characters, scenes, settings and a lot of the other stuff that goes into writing a novel. But I don’t have a whole lot of words.

Maybe you remember that talking Barbie doll who said, “Math class is hard!” Well, I feel like that Barbie right now when I say, “Writing a novel is hard!” It’s fun, yes, but it’s freaking hard. I am going to wade through it, though. (Had to bail on running a half-marathon this year–one ridiculous challenge at a time, please.) At the end of the month, I will have more of a manuscript than I’ve ever had. And, so far, I like what I’ve written . . .most of it.

How about you? Did you commit to any challenges this month? NaBloPoMo*? Exercise more? Eat less? Sleep more?

Let us know in the comments!


*NaBloPoMo: National Blog Post Month–you write a blog post a day through out the month. Maybe it’s hypomania speaking, but that sounds more daunting than writing a novel.


3 responses to “Half Full? Half Empty? Half Done?

  1. Good for you, Janice. Just keep at it, and don’t worry about whether it’s any good or not, at least not yet. Did you read that Steven Pressfield book I gave you? It’s very helpful. I myself participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this past summer. It felt like a lot of pressure, and while that was good in some ways, I want to enjoy the writing experience. Last week I committed to eating more healthfully with a focus on more protein, fruits and vegetables and fewer simple sugars and starches. Wish me luck as Christmas cookie season hits!


    • I did and do read the book! It’s terrific. Yes, this does feel like a lot of pressure, but I need it. When I’m stuck and can’t think of anything to write, just putting something down and getting my fingers working really helps. I know what you mean about the cookie season. I always make some and never end up having enough to give away as I always plan to! Good job on the diet goals!


  2. Good for you for tackling that! Writing a novel IS hard, and an accomplishment that is nothing to sneeze at! Remember, the first draft is the hardest – you go back to polish up the bits you don’t like later! (This is what authors tell me, anyway. đŸ˜‰ )

    I’m super excited to be meeting my (shiny brand new business) goals within the next couple of weeks… an art show of my work opens on December 1st and my Etsy store with prints and cards should open next week! I’ve been working really hard for about 8 months now to get ready for this, and I just finished the last piece for the show today!

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