Well ladies and gentlemen, Nano is reaching its end. We are days away from the deadline. During the process I have seen champions cross the finish line in a matter of days and proceed to 80,000 words. I have seen those who have said “I’m out. Sounded like a grand ol’ time but you all suck. I’m leaving.” (She didn’t really say that but I’m pretty sure that’s how she felt.
Nano isn’t easy. We all know this going in. The ease of NaNo really does depend on how seasoned a writer you are once you begin. If you’re used to writing several hours a day, NaNo really isn’t that big of a change for you and it’s well worth it to get rewards and prizes when you’ve reached a goal that you reach all the time but never get recognized for. But it also shows the new writers what writing as a career is actually like. NaNo is a good example of what it takes to be a successful, prolific writer. It can let you know up front if you truly are “cut out for this”.
If writing is what you want to do, finish. Get that Nano done, even if it’s pure crap. (Most first drafts are). And if you gave it your all and didn’t finish, do not despair! You are in good company and the folks at Nano will still recognize you as a serious writer who gave your best! There are rewards for participants too, even if you don’t finish!
Heads held high NaNo folk! Keep going you can still make it! And most of all, you are all winners!!