Is the novel half-finished or half-unfinished?

Participant-2014-Web-BannerI decided to participate in NaNoWriMo once again. Novel one has been written and I already had the outline for the second one in the series. So why not?

Why not, indeed.

Here we are halfway through November and I am on par with my wordcount. The optimistic writer in me cheers. “Yay! Halfway there!” The pessimistic writer in me moans. “Ugh. So much more to do.” Especially when you’re knee-deep in your plot and realize there’s a glaring hole you have to figure out how to plug.

But there is a beauty in NaNoWriMo, and it’s in the freedom that this challenge gives you. The freedom to suck. The freedom to stick a piece of cheap scotch tape over that plot hole and keep moving on. The freedom to just get words down on the paper. You can make sense of them later. Yes, Pessimistic Writer, there is still so much more to do. But take a cue from Optimistic Writer and embrace the fact that you are one word farther than you were yesterday. That’s how books are written. One word after another.