#NaNoWriMo: Words of Encouragement

We’re at the final push. For some, the struggle has already finished, but for others, there is still a final crunch to get those last few thousand words (or even 10K words depending on how things went this month). Some have already given up and that’s okay too.

Today, I want to keep this post short. Give you more time to write (and less to procrastinate and read). I wanted to give you all a few quotes I’ve found to help you continue your push to the finish line. I believe in you and so do your fellow writers.

Good luck to you today. The last day can be the most stressful.


Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet. — Zadie Smith

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard. — Neil Gaiman

Don’t worry about what you’re writing or whether it’s good or even whether it makes sense. ― Lauren Oliver

As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come. — Ernest Hemingway

I think Steve King said “read, read, read and write, write, write.” I would also add “keep your butt in that chair.” —Karen Marie Moning

The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as “Shut up and get on with it.” — Helen Simpson

Keep writing, even when you feel it sucks. And read absolutely everything you can get your hands on. —Kate Quinn

If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway.—Philip Pullman

It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.—C.J. Cherryh


I’m struggling to reach my goal as well so I’m grateful for the words of other authors to fill in the void today. I don’t think I have enough creative juices to do both! Let me know in the comments below what your NaNo journey has been like this year. Are you happy with the results? What would you do differently next year?

And with that, I’ll see you on the other side.

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