• Sierra Dougherty


So many of us out there challenge ourselves every November with NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in one month. I think at one point or another we have all asked, How? The answer is simple, you don't, unless you can fully dedicate yourself to writing. The good news is, NaNoWriMo isn't just about reaching your word count. The whole point is to just keep writing. Write anything, everything, whatever comes to mind. Want to kill ghosts and ghouls? Show me how. Are you going to embark on a dangerous mission to save your friends? What happens along the way? Find your muse and don't stop until the month is up.

This was the hardest thing for me to learn. The inner editor in me was dying knowing how many mistakes I had made and the fact that if I stopped to fix them I would never make my goal. So, I didn't, and you shouldn't either. Granted, I didn't make the 50,000 word goal I wanted, but I did make my secondary goal. After having gone through NaNoWriMo I fully believe in analyzing your life situation and creating a realistic secondary goal for yourself. Remember, you're in this for the long haul and the last thing you want to do is disappoint yourself. Mine was 15,000 words. Not only did I make my goal but I surpassed it with flying colors.

As a wife and mother to five I was still worried I wouldn't make that. I stalled out between 7,000 and 8,000 words furthering my self doubt making my new YA very nearly a thing of the past. During that time I reflected on things I have learned thus far by attending various different writers workshops and conferences. (Which I 100% recommend to any aspiring author.) At the SCBWI LA Summer Conference we were told to write what we're afraid of. So, I chose to write a YA for NaNoWriMo. Attending that conference and participating in this event gave me something I'd never had before, the confidence to try. I could not be more excited for my WIP and can only hope that one day it reaches your hands! Thanks NaNoWriMo!

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