NaNoWriMo and Following Through

For those of you not participating in NaNoWriMo please be patient for one paragraph.

I want to check in, how did week one go? Are you ahead on word count, even or a little behind? As reference we should be at 10,002 words. I’ve been burning the midnight oil and I’m just about even. Remember this challenge is a marathon not a sprint. So keep up the great work and keep those words flowing.

Now to non – NaNoWriMo writing.

Have you failed to follow through lately?We’re all guilty of it at some point in our lives but failing to follow through when an editor has requested a story, or an article, it’s like a snarling beast in your stomach. I know, I’ve done it once.

THere could be many reasons why you didn’t follow through. Life got in the way, you wanted to make the piece perfect or the fear of rejection. If it’s happened to you take immediate steps to correct the situation. Send the piece now. Include a nice note about when the editor requested your work and thank them for the opportunity. No need to get into an explanation on why it’s been six month or, gulp, a year. Just do it.

Just remember, once you get a request from an editor, or agent, for your work send them a thank you note, prepare your submission, and send it. If you do this within three months you’ll be fine as a good rule of thumb.

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One response to this post.

  1. You are incredible, Laura! I’m no-way brave enough to even think about entering the NaNoWriMo world. But I’m cheering you on.

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