NaNoWriMo 2013 — Fourth Check In

“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘One word at a time,’ and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.” – Stephen King

National Novel Writing Month LogoFellow NaNoers, as of today, you are in the home stretch. There are exactly 8 days left to go in the challenge. No matter where you are in your word count, you are winning!

Lest that sound like some insincere pap, if you have 300 hundred words or 30,000 words, you have written more at this point than you had before NaNo began. That’s the whole point of the challenge. Write. Write some more. Give yourself a chance to put some words down on paper and get those ideas out of your head. Sure, there’s a 50,000 word goal, but that’s all it is. It’s a goal. Something to strive towards. But the spirit of the challenge isn’t the numbers, it’s the act of writing.

So as we head into this last week, take a moment to asses where you are and where you would like to be next Saturday at midnight. Pick a goal that’s practical to you and spend the next 8 days working towards it.  Maybe that means you roll into December with 50,001 on your score card. But maybe it doesn’t. But don’t stop writing. Keep the momentum going. Once you stop, there’s a million and one reasons you’re not going to start again.

Keep writing.


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By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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