December 1st, 2009
Can you believe it’s December already? And if it’s December, you know what that means.
NaNoWriMo is over! Congratulations!
Exclusive TAC Quote of the Week
Teen Author Challenge
As all of you NaNoWriMo-ers take your first deep breath since the challenge began back on November 1st, I want to talk about something I’m a big, big believer in.
Writing a book is a process. A long, sometimes frustrating, sometimes gratifying, always worthwhile process. It doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re in this for the long haul–taking the germ of an idea and seeing it through to final polished manuscript–you need to learn to reward yourself along the way.
NaNoWriMo is a great example of that because it’s a short-term intense burst of writing. 50,000 words in 30 days. And I’ve been delighted to see so many people celebrating their success (and each other’s success!) on Twitter, blogs and elsewhere. Awesome!
The thing is, I think we should be celebrating more often. Celebrating things that may not seem as huge and momentous but are every bit as important on the road to seeing your manuscript finished.
Sure, it’s easy to remember to celebrate typing The End. But what about writing the largest number of words in a single day in the history of your writing career? What about writing through an illness, yours or someone you care for? What about sending your work out to critique partners for the first time, daring to share your project with someone else who may or may not agree with your choices?
All of those things… and so many more… are worthy of being celebrated.
Now, that doesn’t mean champagne brunch at every turn. (Especially if you’re underage.) But there are lots of different ways to celebrate. Some things cost money, other things are free. It’s all about finding ways to celebrate that make you feel good!
I like to celebrate by taking an entire day off just to spend with my family and read. I literally have stacks of books in my serenity room (aka library) just waiting for me to read, but I have a terrible time reading them because, if I’m on deadline, I feel like I should be writing. If I have time to read, I have time to write, no? But reading is part and parcel of our job as writers. Not just to refill the well and be inspired, but to explore the finer points of storytelling in the work of our favorite authors.
The nice thing is, it doesn’t cost me anything. The books are already there waiting for me. (And if I couldn’t afford books of my own, I’d simply check them out of the library.) It’s an easy, affordable reward that I absolutely adore.
So this week, as you’re writing, take the time to think about the milestones you’ve passed so far in your writing journey and find a way to reward yourself. You deserve to recognize your own achievements!
Buzz Tip of the Week
Today, I’m offering up the first of two great posts from agent Rachelle Gardner that shed a little light on some basic financial aspects of being a professional writer. If you’ve ever wanted to know how the royalties thing works, here’s your chance.
Your Weekly Challenge
How did you do on your writing last week? Comment below with your weekly results from last Tuesday through today so we can cheer your progress!
And if you participated in NaNoWriMo, tell us how you did! Even if you didn’t meet the entire goal, I’ll bet you got far more writing done than you would have otherwise. And that’s always a win.
Go forth and be creative!
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