A Writing Journey

…into believing you can do it.

So let me tell you something: I am the first to say I can’t do something. It’s a real problem. And so this is probably the most important piece of advice I can give, and it doesn’t end when NaNo starts. It doesn’t end when NaNo stops. It never ends.

You have to tell yourself you can do it, even if you don’t believe it. Example: I’ve picked up running in a more intense way than I ever have before. It’s hard. Really hard. At first I didn’t worry about how far or how long I could run. And then I challenged myself to run to a nearby street. Turns out this street is almost a mile away. And so now, every time I’m at the gym, I coach myself into running a mile because I know I can, no matter how hard it is. And you know what, I’ve written a novel before. Not in thirty days, but that’s not what’s important. What is important is that I’ve done it.

Even if you haven’t written a novel yet, or much of anything, tell yourself you can do it. The more you say it, the more you believe it. And you’ll get it done.

Next time: Plot Paths

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