Don’t Give Up Before You’ve Started

NaNoWriMo starts in just three days! That means we’re all doing our last minute planning, hoping to get everything outlined and finished before it starts.

For me, NaNoWriMo is a huge motivator to get my books done. Something about it helps me to write every day, even if I don’t want to. But I don’t let the word count turn me into a writing zombie pounding out nonsensical words into a document. Instead, I think of the word count before I start writing, and then forget about it right when I start writing. If you constantly think about your word count goal as you write, you aren’t going to do your best job. Instead, crank up the music, rub your hands to together like a crook about to pull a million dollar heist, and get writing.

The thing that inspires you the most is writing. Not waiting for the muse to come knock on the door to your brain, graciously waiting for you to let it in. For extra help on busting writer’s block, you can read Conquering Writer’s Block And Summoning Insperation by K. M. Weiland. I’ve found it very useful.

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Now, what does all this have to do with the blog post title, Yakira? Well, I’m getting to that.

You see, I’ve read a lot about some mistakes that a lot Wrimers have made after the magical month is over. And one of the biggest mistakes is sending in their book for publication, right after they’ve finished it. I’m not saying that this is wrong, and you should give up on your dreams or anything, but what I’m saying is that you should give your book time and a lot of editing before you start chucking it at every agent on the planet.

But some people just don’t want to wait. I admittedly, was one of those people. I had to learn a hard lesson three years ago. Do your best, and have patience. Edit until your eyes are tired and you’ve got a headache the size of Texas. Remember what Mother Gothel from Tangled said- ‘All good things come to those who wait.’ (You know, that woman had a lot of good advice for a bad guy.)

But, Yakira, my book is going to be the next #1 bestseller! I can feel it!

That may be, but still, you don’t want to rush things. I know it’s hard. Seeing all those successful authors with their shiny covers and blogs with hundreds of followers, they seem unreachable. Untouchable. And you want to be just like them. The thing that’s really hard for me is to see all those teen authors who have been successful. For example, Nancy Yi Fan, who wrote Swordbird. She was just thirteen, I think, when her book was published. But, that’s because she literally wrote her book on the computer of an editor friend. She had connection. A lot of those teen authors do.

The thing you need to do, is stop look at those who succeeded, and look at those who failed. For example, Bryan Davis, one of the world’s biggest best selling Christian Fantasy authors in the world. Do you want to know how he succeeded? He failed first. Back in his day, there was no such thing as the Christian fantasy genre. He had written Raising Dragons and submitted it to both Christian and secular publishing houses. The secular ones told him it was too Christian, the Christian ones told him it was too weird. Two hundred rejections. Yup, you read that right. Davis received two hundred rejections for the book that would start a very, very popular book series.

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Just imagine how discouraged he felt after receiving ten, twenty, or even fifty rejections. Probably like he’d never get there. But he kept going. And, what do you know? He got accepted by Living Ink Publishing and they created a whole new branch, just for him. Christian fantasy. How cool is that?

My point is, don’t give up your writing dream before it’s even started. The book you’ll be writing for NaNoWriMo may be your breakout novel, but you’ve got to have patience, perseverance, and the willingness to do what your novel needs to get out there on bookshelves. I’ve been writing stories since I was eight years old. And though I have tried to give up on writing several times, I can’t. It’s really, not physically or mentally possible for me to stop.

So, keep writing, keep dreaming, and you’ll get there one day, my friend.


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