Author: Robin Rivera
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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12 thoughts on “The Post-NaNoWriMo Blues”
I couldn’t agree more!!
It’s always nice to see you’ve stopped by. 🙂 And thanks also for the RT on this post. It is much appreciated. Take care, Robin
Well, I participated…sort of. I was moving along pretty well until life intervened. But I did manage to write about 11,000 words which is more than I started out with! Thanks for the pep talk.
Oh boy, don’t you hate that? The unexpected monkey wrenches of life. You have the right way of looking this, any words you have after NaNo are bonus words. Good luck to you Sarah, 11,000 is a fantastic number. Robin
I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, but I share K’s reaction – I really needed to read this right now. It’s frustrating to squeeze out 800 to 1000 words in a few words when you see tweets from other writers that say they cranked out 1000+ during a half-hour lunch break. So, it can be very frustrating sometimes, and very easy to beat yourself up over it. But that never helps. Thank you for writing this, Robin. 🙂
Sara, You are so right, never beat yourself up. The hares are a vocal group. Why wouldn’t they be, it’s almost every writer’s dream to be a hare. But if you’re not a hare so what, just be the best tortoise you can be. Hang in there and keep writing. Robin
Hi Robin. Just found this via #ArchiveDay. So encouraging. My first novel took 9 years to write. The second might be finished in half the time – so I’m speeding up! I love the idea of NaNoWri Mo but know it’s not for me. I find ‘hare’ writers completely intimidating. Thanks for your brilliant common sense. I needed to read this to remind myself that not all writers are the same.
I’m so happy to we are starting a slow writer fan club in the comments area. Writing a book is a journey! And some books (and writers) just take longer. The goal is to never lose heart and always stay true to the love of your story. If you do that, I have total faith that everyone can make it to the end. And congratulations on finishing book one, you got book two in the bag. Robin
Great post! I participated in piboldmo (30 picture ideas in 30 days) and got…7. I’m a tortoise of a writer too so it’s nice to read about fellow ones 🙂
Three cheers for tortoises. Thanks for stopping by Ariel. I’m always happy when I get to meet new writers. Robin
OMG! I really needed to read that! Thank you Robin. This post really made me feel better about my writing habits. I am a plodder and I’ve always wondered if I should speed things up. The truth is, though, that even though I’m slow, I always finish. Now I know I’m a tortoise, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Thank you so much for the validation!
Awesome! There are some wonderful reasons to be a tortoise, and tortoises have written many of my favorite books. Good things are worth waiting for. Thanks for the comment!