FRIENDS ARE THE BEST! INVITE A READER ON YOUR JOURNEY WITH YOU.
Making the big decision to commit to write a 50,000 word tome in 30 days is a PRETTY BIG decision to make.
Now that you have done that, and have decided to take my advice on just writing whatever comes from your imagination, and flies out of your fingertips like magic sparks, allow me to offer you token number 2 that I learned in my 3 year experiences.
Advice number 2. Have an honest friend (One who will be straight with you if your plot is not great) support you by reading your daily progress. (This person is not writing ONLY reading.)
One of the biggest attractions of NaNoWriMo is the worldwide support system that a writer becomes apart of for 30 days. I just read an article out of this months publication of Writer’s Digest (Entire Mag is dedicated to, you guessed it, NaNoWriMo) and it likened this experience to running a marathon, and how being surrounded by strangers with the same goal helps each runner keep pressing forward.
I believe that is sage, to have that kind of support, HOWEVER that is not what I mean by having a friend come along with you…obviously because I said that already, twice.
In first 2 years (This year I flew solo and paid for it, yikes! I know right?! How selfish of my reader friend to get married and be on her honeymoon and stuff…I digress.) that I participated, I had a friend who I sent my daily progress to.
This helped in several different ways:
- I had an audience who kept an eye on plot points, and pointed out mistakes for me if I got off track. By them pointing out my mistakes, it saved me time in the future with revisions AND it enabled me a quicker movement back on track with the progression of the story. She also tended to print out the pages and make copy edits all on her own. PRICELESS!
- Because they were invested in the story (They kept reading because they liked the plot) they acted as a dog on my heels, nipping when I wasn’t writing fast enough. This is encouraging because their desire to read more was a sign that they were enjoying the story, which meant I wasn’t writing a bunch of crap. (If they didn’t like it, they said so. Again get an honest friend for the journey, not one who likes everything you do just because.)
- Having to send my daily progress gave me a sense of a more immediate goal to work towards. When there is a feeling of expectation, you are more willing to perform without coming up with a ton of excuses and reasons to not follow through.
So if you have time (and you do) find a friend who loves to read, is honest about what they read, and who will give it to you straight as they read. As Ecclesiastes 4:9 says:
Two are better than the one, for they enjoy a better reward for their toil.“
Enjoy your journey, and as always, happy writing! And if you somehow missed my Token number 1, you can check it out HERE.