Rough Draft Makes for Rough Days (NaNoWriMo)

We’re a little more than halfway through NaNoWriMo. I came across the following article, posted 11/18/15 on, and knew it was fitting to post here to encourage my fellow NaNo’s:

How to be successful with finishing your first rough draft:


It has to not only be a priority in your life, it also has to take precedence over your other writings. I write two articles to post one individually on my two websites, which also means editing and revision time. Aside from that, I sporadically write short stories and prose. I claim it’s sporadic as I don’t always set time aside for it, but rather write when an idea strikes me.

I’ve found during NaNoWriMo that I’m not able to write those short stories due to devoting time to my novel rough draft. I pumped out 52+k words by November 16th, so I didn’t beat myself up over skipping a day. No, I don’t suggest taking a day away from your rough draft because a day may turn into two days, three days, you get the point of what I’m saying.

On my day off from novel rough draft writing, I attended a writers group, wrote two articles that’ll eventually posted on my blog, not including this one, and a short story. You may be saying, “Writing is writing. What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that what I wrote didn’t bring me any closer to my goal of completing my novel draft.

It’s about making your goal your priority.

How are you doing with reaching your goal of completing your novel rough draft by the end of this month? Are you struggling with making, and keeping, it a priority?

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I journeyed from GED to a PhD in Psychology. I decided to focus on my writing once I retired from the clinical field. I write in various genres and have several WIPs for publication once edited. I post articles on this website for intellectual and entertainment purposes.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting. I think we all get off track sometimes. The important thing is to get back on track :-).
      You’re welcome.
      By the way, did you participate in NaNoWriMo? How’d you do?

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