NaNoWriMo: Writing Is Not For The Faint-hearted

Category: Writing

We are now into the middle of NaNoWriMo and I'm sure everything is going exactly as planned. Your novel is AMAZING and you cannot believe how brilliant you are. Literary Agents and Publishers have already heard about your novel and are waiting in the wings, desperate for you to write that last, killer sentence so they can turn your book into an instant bestseller. You know it's going to win every single literary award going (all the relevant and minted ones) and you can relax, knowing that this year you will be able to afford all those birthday presents, summer holidays and that writer's haven at the bottom of your garden.   


Or, alternatively, NaNoWriMo has so far been the most miserable, anxious and depressing experience of your entire writing life.

Sometimes writing is easy, but sometimes, writing is hard work. But if you're struggling, be encouraged that you're in good company:


"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. " George Orwell

 "Easy reading is damn hard writing."  Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Every writer I know has trouble writing."  Joseph Heller

"When something can be read without effort, great effort has
gone into its writing."
Enrique Jardiel Poncela

"A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason."
Margaret Atwood


So you're not alone in you writing frustration. Keep going and don't give up, your manuscript just might end up being brilliant.

How has NaNoWriMo been for you? We'd love to find out. Please leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

Megan Primrose

Megan Primrose is SBT's Writer Development Intern