National Graphic Novel Writing Month, Day 16: You Can Do It!
At this point, those of you participating in NaGraNoWriMo are halfway there. Congratulations! You have made it past the initial excitement and momentum into the phase where you really have to put the pedal to the metal to keep going. Can you do it? Absolutely!
As a NaNoWriMo veteran and someone who keeps daily and monthly writing goals, I am familiar with the doldrums that come with the halfway point. You might start second-guessing your character ideas or worrying that you have fallen too far behind to catch up. You might feel you are a little bit ahead of the game and that you can afford some wiggle room. Some of you might even be throwing your hands in the air in dismay and wondering when you became so masochistic. No matter what you’re feeling right now, though, you have made it to the halfway point. If you’ve made it this far, you can make it all the way to the finish!
The thing about being in the middle of a project like this is that it can feel overwhelming. Your ideas don’t seem as shiny as they did when they began, and the road before you seems to be stretching into the distance. Two weeks seems like an eternity, and finishing your graphic novel seems like a fever dream. You may be feeling irritable and short-tempered. That’s perfectly understandable, because this is the hardest part of putting the story together. It’s the glue that connects the introduction to the conclusion, and sometimes it feels like that glue just isn’t going to stick. Every creative genius has been in this place, so don’t worry: you’re in good company.