Two days left. Or thereabouts depending on the time zone where you live. How is everyone doing? Finished? Still writing? Planning an all-nighter to catch up?
Congratulations to everyone who finished. Crazy-loud cheers to everyone who is still writing.
Wherever you may be with your word count, the most important point to take away from this challenge was that you gave it your best shot. No matter if you’re still stuck around 20,000 words be proud of yourself that you tried.
And keep writing.
One of the biggest reasons that writers fail is because they never finish their stories. This is a fact above and beyond NaNoWriMo, having nothing to do with writing 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo is simply a challenge. That is not how most writers get their stories down. NaNoWriMo, whether you win or not, is not meant to be an example of your ability to finish a story.
Even if you do not “win” NaNoWriMo, that does not mean you quit. If you are writing a story that is interesting to you, that is meaningful to you, that is important to you — keep writing it. Keep working. So what if November 30th comes and goes and you are still on word 17,561.
Are you having fun when you sit down to write?
Do your characters make you smile, laugh, cry, throw paperweights?
Is your setting a place you enjoy describing?
Are you excited to see what your antagonist will do to your hero?
Do you want to write this story?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions, then keep writing when NaNoWriMo comes to a close. Set aside that block of time, keep a regular writing schedule as best you can, and finish that story. You need to power through that tough skin of insecurity, doubt, dread, fear. As long as you care about your story, then all you needed to get out of NaNoWriMo was a chance to start writing that story.
After November 30th, with no challenge to push you forward, it’s all up to you. Don’t abandon your characters, don’t let your story down, don’t give up.