NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Better late than never.

I've been very proud of myself for launching my National Novel Writing Month tips by noon Pacific Time.

Well, until yesterday.

Unfortunately, I launch later than anticipate.  I just couldn't help myself,  it had been a helluva day. I've been focusing on a project with a tight deadline, and time just got away from me–

Isn't that a good enough excuse for you? Please? PRETTY PLEASE?

No matter. The one I let down the most was myself. I'd made this commitment: one tip a day, 30 days.

Having broken the commitment, should I just give up? 

Hell, no! I need to get back on the horse–or in this case, back on my timetable.

Please  take my lesson to heart. Don't beat yourself up if you don't make your daily word count. Instead, WRITE SOMETHING.


No matter how tired you are.

No matter how late it is.

Even a simple paragraph shows that you're making the effort. 

And who knows? That one paragraph may lead to a full page. Then another. And another.

And before you know it, you're about a quarter into your word count. Or more.

You can make the rest up the next day.

Yes. You. Can.

(c) 2011 Josie Brown


Yesterday's NaNoWriMo Tip is here…


I‘ve got a question for you, and be honest: Have you missed your daily word count? Or have you skipped a day altogether? Give me your best “the dog ate my homework” story…


— Josie


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