- if I was stuck, I couldn’t keep going. Now I can. I answered how in the meme:
How often do you get writer’s block?
Not very often, and most of the time, when I can’t write, it’s because I’m being lazy/procrastinating/distracting myself/etc. NaNoWriMo taught me to power through. Write “something happens” or “they talk and go to shop” instead of a scene, and most of the time, once I’ve written that, I find that I can write the thing that happens, or the talk.
It’s like by writing that, I free myself. And then I can write again. I highly recommend this.
- I couldn’t write everyday:
If I didn’t feel like writing, I didn’t. If I gave myself a goal, I didn’t reach it. If I–well, you get the picture. Now, I know that:
- I can write everyday.
- I can easily write 1000 words in an hour.
- I can reach the goals I give myself.
- I can, under pressure, write 6000 words between getting home and 11.55 pm.
- I can, if needed, write the last 1500 words of those 6000 in very little time (however, I end up not capitalizing, making typos, not making much sense, etc. BUT I get the words down on paper–computer screen).
- I CAN do it.
Thank you, NaNoWriMo, for this. I’d always wanted to teach myself to write everyday, no matter what — which I’ll have to do if I become a full-time, paid writer — but I never could. I didn’t have enough discipline. This doesn’t mean I won’t procrastinate and distract myself, but now I know that if I put my mind to it, I can do it.