Hello Lovelies! It's almost time for NaNoWriMo, the month where we all punish ourselves by attempting to write fifty thousand words in a month. So, since NaNo starts tomorrow it's time to have a proper freakout. Luckily, I'm here to help.
Freak Out #1: I'm not ready!
Response: Of course you aren't. You will never be ready for the stress of the writing equivalent of diffusing a bomb underneath a stadium full of puppies and kittens. But you can do it. JUST THINK OF THE PUPPIES (arf) AND KITTENS (mew).
Freak Out #2: Maybe I should outline?!? Should I outline?!
Response: Sure you could outline, if that's your jam. Or not. If you find yourself comforted by the idea of a road map then dash off a quick outline. If not, just go in like a literary badass, ready to dash off some words without any idea of where the larger story is going.
Freak Out #3: I think I can do this, but what if I run out of words to write? What if I get writer's block?
Response: Um, you've heard of the dictionary, right? There are lots of words. And words are an inexhaustible resource. So don't worry about running out of them. Just do your best and try to write a little everyday. Or write a lot a few days a week. It's up to you!
Freak Out # 4: What if everything I write sucks? What if it's terrible?
Response: It will! Your NaNo novel will most likely be a hot garbage fire of plot holes, wooden dialogue and people sitting down multiple times in the same scene. But that's okay! Because that is what REVISIONS are for! The point of NaNo is to get the words out quickly so that you can fix them later. It's much easier to revise than to build a world from scratch, just like it's easier to patch a boat than build a whole new one.
Freak Out # 5: I'm not sure why I should even NaNo. I tried it once and only got like twenty thousand words.
Response: But that's twenty thousand words you didn't have before! That's awesome! And you probably learned a lot about your writing style from those twenty thousand words. So you should definitely try. Even if you don't finish, it's a good way to learn about what does and doesn't work for you. So why not give it a shot?
Just keep in mind, you can do it! And if you don't, at least you tried.