Mr. Gibbs: “What’s in your head that’s put you in such a fine mood, Captain?”
Jack Sparrow: “We’re catching up.”
One of my favorite sequences in the original Pirates movie.
Sparrow had every reason to shut down the pursuit of The Black Pearl. The storm. The dangerous waters. The poor odds of defeating an undead pirate crew. But in his deranged mind he chose to see the one positive about their situation.
Turns out it’s appropriate to my mood as NaNo winds down.
I had the first dip in my motivation to win NaNo last week. Fifty thousands words in a month is a lot. And I was starting to experience fatigue. My resolve to hit at least a thousand words per day dipped to about five hundred. I found plot holes that bogged me down. I started to doubt the worth of the story.
Lots of reasons to turn to the ship around.
But one thing kept me writing as I saw my NaNo graph get farther each day from my goal. I had a vacation coming up for Thanksgiving week with plenty of time to catch up.
On Day 1 of said vacation I knocked out a bit over 5,000 words. I’m tired, but I do feel invigorated in my quest to win NaNo (not that it’s a loss if I don’t hit 50k). One more big day, and I’ll be right on schedule 🙂
So, if you’re doing NaNo still, don’t give up. If you gave up, start again.
I will win this year no matter what because I started a story I’ve been dying to write all year, and I’m well on my way to finishing it. Whether you hit fifty thousands words or not, you’re a winner if you’ve accomplished the same.
I know NaNo says the world needs your novel. I’m not sure if that’s true. But you’ll never give the world a novel it does need if you don’t sit down to write one 🙂