Southern Cross Novel Competition: The Final Stretch

As posted on Kiwi Writers.

For those of you in your final days of SoCNoc, keep it up! This Sunday marks the end of this wild crazy month of writing.

The rest of this post is dedicated to the folks who don’t quite make their SoCNocs or Half Nocs. This post is dedicated to the failures, which I am one of.

This is how my month turned out:

I started with the best of intentions but my story had no sense of direction, and it began harder and harder to keep adding to it. Some days I couldn’t bring myself to write at all. So I packed it in. I gave up. This isn’t to encourage anyone else to do the same, but to reassure you, if you’re in the same boat, that it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t make the 25,000 or 50,000 words. There is life after SoCNoc!

It wasn’t all for nothing. 16,466 is the most I’ve ever written for a single story (this was my first crack at a novel as I typically write short stories). I’m going to go back to it at some point and make sure I get the 50,000 words originally intended, and I recommend you do too.

My number one lesson from SoCNoc? Write daily even if you don’t feel like it. Some days are going to be easy. Words are going to flow. Some days you will struggle to write a sentence. That’s life.

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