This is always the hardest part of the NaNoWriMo competition, especially for those who have already hit the 50k level.  And, even more especially if the book isn’t finished, and trust me on this, the chances of actually finishing a novel in 50,000 words is somewhat remote.  The best length of a first novel depends upon its genre, but a first novel at 100k words (or more) is going to be a hard sell.  Why?  Because it is expensive to print.  Sorry, yeah, that really has a lot to do with it.  75,000 to 80,000 are good target lengths for a first novel, unless you’re writing for very young audiences.

The point is this, 50k words is not likely to be enough, and that pushes the limits of human endurance, especially for a neophyte writer.  Once—”NaNoWriMoLy” —speaking, you’ve reached that 50k target, it can become very hard to sit down and do the same kind of daily work it took you to get there in the first place.

But, as far as I’m concerned, that is the purpose, the real purpose and value, of a NaNoWriMo self-competition.  It lets you know if you’ve got the stuff to produce a book in a moderate length of time.  Fact is, a round draft in 30 days isn’t really all that difficult.  It just takes doing the same number of words each day.  2,000 words a day comes to 8 pages, using the 1 page = 250 words formula, and 8 pages is quite doable.

Giving up on yourself, on your work, is not an option if writing is in the cards for you.  Stopping, even slowing down, just because you “do’ wanna” is not an option.  Writing is a job.  It takes work.

For me, it is the only work I ever want to do again.

What about you?

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year?  Did you make it?  Are you about to make it?  What have you learned about yourself since November 1st?