Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Never Say Die!

Never say die! We're only halfway through the adventure!!!
Photo still from the movie Goonies (1985)

Today is the 15th of November - and we are halfway through NaNoWriMo!

Are you fed up yet? Stuck? Ready to kill off all your characters due to their inherent stupidity? Wondering if you should eat all your writing snacks and just forget the writing?

I totally understand the frustration. NaNoWriMo is all euphoria and cool snacks and lots of fun snarking on Twitter....for about the first four days or so. Then it's still fun, but fun that you have to work in around real life as the daily pressures mount up.

Around the end of the second week is when things get tough.

The honorable Chris Baty tweeted the other day to push through the 20Ks as quickly as possible, because once you reach the 30K, you're over halfway there and the psychological push to win NaNo isn't quite as toxic. He certainly has a very good point - and he should. As one of the founders of NaNoWriMo, he's been through this a few times.

So --- this is when all you writing goonies out there need to pull together, stare up the wishing well to the starry sky of the endangered Astoria, and shout 'GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!!!"

We're only halfway through the adventure, after all. You gonna leave One Eyed Willie (or whatever your as-yet-undisclosed plot twist) in permanent pirate purgatory like that?

Of course not. Because you're a writing goonie. And Goonies NEVER say die (or kill off their masterpiece).

And to get you back in the groove of literary composition - here's a fun link that a friend shared with me a while back. I had to download this from iTunes, I love it so much. But note: If you're at work, or in a house with sleeping people, put in the ear buds or else watch the volume - they start rocking out around 0:50.

Enjoy!! And above all ---- keep on writing!!!!


  1. I'm a little behind and other time obligations are not making me want to say "die," but perhaps "lay down for awhile." But this is what always happens... I'm prepared to deal.

  2. Boy, all those NaNo snacks were good after the first night weren't they? ;-)

    You're right we need to keep pushing through, can't leave our characters hanging. What would have happened if I turned of that video at 49 sec? No head bangin'. We've got to find out what happens next.

    Who knew there was more than one Alice (Cooper) to rock out to? Thanks for sharing.

  3. @Daniel - totally understand. My main motivation for going crazy with the word count now is because I'll be out of state for a few days and am worried about regaining my momentum mere days before NaNo ends. But I'll deal, like you said.

    @Jason - I thought the snacks were the main feature of NaNoWriMo? Hehehe. Yeah, we've gotta push through. I'm in a muddy place right now but I just have to say "OK - I know it's bad" and keep going.

    Glad you liked the link!