Guten Tag, Leute!
As a writer, I know that it can be really difficult to actually sit down and get your ideas down on paper. One of the biggest struggles for me is to see a project through to its end. Oftentimes, I’ll start up on a new manuscript, commit to it for a few days and then a new idea will pop up and I’ll end up abandoning the old idea. Due to this, I have many, many started, yet never finished manuscripts lying around on my flash drive. Of course, I intend to get these manuscripts finished… eventually. The tough thing is to choose which one I want to sit down and dedicate months of work to. Anf even tougher than that is actually doing it.
For me, goals have always been helpful when I’m really wanting to get something done. Goals give me something to work towards. Goals give me an end result that I keep in mind practically all of the time. The best part of making goals? That they can be literally anything you want them to be. They can be large, hefty goals, or smaller yet still equally important goals. The important thing is that you push yourself but keep the goal realistic. And to go at your own pace.
NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo have alwys been lifesavers for me when it comes to making goals. The 50,000 word goal that NaNoWriMo provides every November always pushes me to make really good progress with my manuscript. Plus, during NaNoWriMo, there are tons of other writers out there facing the highs and lows of National Novel Writing Month and so many of them are willing to offer their support.
For me, NaNoWriMo is the perfect way to commit to an idea and get stuff done. Believe me, if I managed to get Clemency: This is No Nation of Gods written in a month, then you can do it too! NaNoWriMo isn’t something that everyone will want to do. But I do recommend trying it at least once!
Best of luck with your writing endeavors! Danke und tschüss!