I am 35,000 words through November and feeling the strain. My prompt notes are thinning, my brain is getting mooshy, and my pencils are breaking - and we all know that writing with a broken pencil is pointless.Eighty percent of success is showing up.Woody Allen
And so I turn to some of my favourite inspirational quotes to push me over the NaNoWriMo finish line.
The first one by Woody Allen reminds me that persistence and productivity are everything.
How many novels do we read that make us think, Man, this writing is ordinary? I can think of three books by best-selling authors I have read recently that prompted this reaction. I am not so disrespectful that I will mention names because I know how easy it is to sit on the side-line and criticize, and how difficult it is to write a book (and they are hugely successful authors making gazillions of dollars, and I am not).
And good writers or not, the three authors I am thinking of have produced over 100 novels between them, and they are still writing. And the books I have seen or read are generally not short either.
100 novels x 100,000 words = 10,000,000 words or over 3,000,000 words each.
That's three million words for those who get scared by lots of zeros.
And here I am struggling to squeeze out 50 thou'.
Whether the authors I'm speaking of are 'good' or not, they all have two things in common.
1. They write ripping good yarns, and,
2. They show up,
And even if their work isn't brilliant, it's obviously extremely popular.and again.
Now, I don't expect to be pumping out a novel a year for the rest of my life (but then again, I might), but I won't be too thrilled with myself if I give up before I have completed my piddly effort of 50,000 words.
So with a swift kick in the pants, I'm reminding myself that, unlike clichés, this book isn't going to write itself.
Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Arnold H. Glasow