14. See Your Story in Print, Like Margaret

- October 21-

“I write a book over a period of months or years, and when I’m done with it, usually another year goes by before I see it in print. It’s hard to be patient and wait.”
-Margaret Haddix, author of The Missing

Haddix has over 30 books in print and has reached the New York Times’ bestseller list multiple-times. Her stories have spread around the world in print. She’s accomplished many great things, but this November we’d recommend not being like her.

Don’t be like her by not waiting to see your words in print. We’d encourage you to print your 1,666+ words every day when you finish writing. Print them and stack them next to your writing space.

See your stack increase day-by-day, adding to your motivation to complete your story. Your stack will become a daily reminder of how far you and your characters have come. Inevitably, in the middle of the month when you hit a slump and feel like seeing what you’ve accomplished will help you push through.

A desktop file doesn’t carry the same weight as your words in print.

There’s nothing complicated here. This tip is easy. Probably the most difficult part is finding a printer if you don’t have one already. If that’s the case maybe sneak it at the office (if you get caught you didn’t hear this suggestion from us 😉). You could also change the printing to a weekly event at a friend’s house or your local copy house.

Just don’t wait to reward yourself. Give yourself a smaller version of the reward that Haddix gets about a year after finishing her writing. Pick up your writing in print every day and feel the weight of your words.

(At the end of the month you’ll be ready to edit with a red pen too. Ready to take notes and mark things up anywhere, even offline… tomorrow!)

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Why are we writing these?
We’re novice writers excited for NaNoWriMo. We’re excited to write our first novels in our first writing app, an app that challenges us to let go and write. We knew we needed more than an app though, so are studying the pros first!