NaNo Day #29 – 50,064 words! I’m done!

This was part of today’s e-mail pep talk. It’s from author Dave Eggers. At this point (50,064 words later) he sums up my experience better than I can. But, before we get to Dave, a sincere thank you for supporting me in this wild NaNo ride!

And that’s why I love NaNoWriMo. It gets you started. It gives you the impetus to finally start, and/or finally finish. Knowing there are thousands of others out there trying to do the same, who are using this ridiculous deadline as cattle-prod and shame deterrent, means goddamnit, you better do it now because you know how to write, and you have fingers, and you have this one life, and during this one life, you should put your words down, and make your voice heard, and then let others hear your voice. And the only way any of that’s going to happen is if you actually do it. People can’t read the thoughts in your head. They can only read the thoughts you put down, carefully and with great love, on the page. So you have to do it, goddamnit. You have to do it, and you can step back and be happy. You can step back and relax. You can step back and feel something like pride.

Then of course you’ll have to revise it ten or twenty times, but let’s not talk about that yet.

Write your goddamned book now. The world awaits.


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7 Responses to NaNo Day #29 – 50,064 words! I’m done!

  1. Andrea says:

    Awesome! That is so great…I’m truly amazed and impressed by you! Good work!

  2. Jesaka says:

    Congrats, Liz! What an amazing accomplishment.

  3. Mom/Gayl says:

    Wow, wow & wow! Huge Congratulations on an amazing writing accomplishment! Now relax, be happy and most of all be proud. Web wrap around hugs coming to you, Mom

  4. Jenni says:

    Yeehaw! Congratulations, Liz and thank you for keeping us updated along the way. Go celebrate tonight!

  5. Luci says:

    CONGRATS and a woot woot! What a feeling huh? Now give those fingers a well deserved rest. For a day or two anyway, hehe.

  6. Sarah says:

    Wonderful! (You, and Dave.)

  7. Liz says:

    Thanks, all. I *hardly* know what to do with myself now. Ha!

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