Pep Talk Week 4: Don’t Give Up

This week’s pep talk is written by novelist and interactive fiction writer, Alana Joli Abbott.

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There are few things that make me more stressed than being late. Whether this is being behind on a writing deadline or just running late to drop off my daughter at school, the result is the same. I feel frustrated that I can’t move things along faster, or that I made the choice to check the weather (or worse, Facebook) online instead of getting stuff done. And I’ve discovered that sometimes I have the absolutely worst coping mechanism for dealing with being late.

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Pep Talk Week 3: Bribe and Bludgeon Yourself into Winning

This week’s pep talk is by JuNoWriMo co-founder Becca Campbell.

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Chocolate fondueHowdy, hard-working overachievers and unmotivated procrastinators! Whichever of the two you are, you are awesome—did you know that? You’re writing a book, and that’s no small thing! Whether you’re ahead or behind on word count, the point is, you are out there getting it done—something that many will never even attempt, let alone try to do in thirty days. Give yourself a pat on the back: you deserve it.

Plan a Sweet Reward

Right now I want you to stop worrying about schedules and whether or not you’ll be able to hit 50K by the end of the month. Put that out of your mind and instead dwell on something more pleasant for a moment: how will you reward yourself when you do win?

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Pep Talk Week 4: Coming Down the Home Stretch (Angi Black)

Here we are coming into the home stretch of Junowrimo. How do you feel about that? I feel great! This month far exceeded my expectations in wordcount and creativity.

At first I thought it was just because I was on a roll. The numbers were climbing and the stories were forming. (I did Juno and CampNano this month!) But as I ended the first week far ahead of goal, I looked at all the numbers. Several of us were riding high on big wordcounts, far about the daily goals.

I thought long and hard about why this was. We’re all busy. Most of us have ‘day jobs’ and kids. There are spouses to tend, houses to clean, food to cook and eat. But yet, here we are nearing the end and the counts are still climbing.

The answer is simple – support.

Almost anytime of day you can hop on Twitter and find a sprint going on. That’s simple motivation. If you happen to find the small window each day one of us isn’t on there, all you have to tweet is “Word war anyone? ” “1hr 1K?” or my favorite “Someone tell me to put away the internet and get my words in!”

These are all followed by the same thing – support and motivation.

Tons of “You can do it!” That’s easy” and “You’re awesome” will follow anyone of these statements at anytime.

We don’t want to be the only one who succeeds. As writers, when one of wins, we all do. There’s room for every single person who puts words on a page to have a success story. We have the greatest community of people!

So Junowrimo-ers… almost to your goal? Divide the words you lack to reach 50,000 and see what you need to write each day to get there. I bet you can find plenty of cheerleaders. There are sprints all week long to help you out too!

Nowhere close to your goal? So what! Make a new one! Can only do 40,000…30,000? Fine! Make it happen.

Want to put up another 10,000 words this week? You can do it!

Want to make your goal higher or really push yourself this week? Tell other people who will ask you how you’re doing? Be accountable to someone who is in your corner.

No matter how many words you have by midnight Saturday night – you’ve already won! Remember, we’re all rooting for every single one of us to make it to 50,000 words. The beauty is that we can all have blue ribbons at the end.

But no matter how many you have, it’s more than you started with and that is a win in my book.

Keep on writing! Angi

Find me at @AngiNicole722 and http://angiblacktallthoughts.blogspot.com/