*throws confetti* *sneezes* Wonderful, rig--ACHOO!
So dance your legs off! Go listen to Press Play's "New York to LA"! WOOT!
Now, for all of you who are writing a novel; congratulations. Writing a novel is awesome. Here's three things that I find keep me going when I want to quit:
1) I never, NEVER look back at what I wrote until I am finished with my novel. Who cares about the quality of the words right now? They don't call it a rough draft for nothing! Just think--this is a new thing you are writing. No one has EVER written it before. EVER. Just remember that.
2) Go tell some people you're going to write. In an effort to keep yourself from being embarrassed, you will HAVE to write. And when you do write, those people encourage. Part of what kept me going in the last couple of days is the encouragement of the Elves at the Underground forum. I posted my word count and told them I wouldn't be back until I had written 500 words. And I did that over and over--and got an amazing and encouraging response. Things like, "WOO! Finish it!" [the novel], and "You can do it!" abounded.
3) Just write. That's all.
Many thanks to Millard for the encouraging post he made about this landmark of 40,000. :)
Okay, readers! Go out there and write!