Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

“Find”ing the Finish


There’s an editing feature in Microsoft Word that I love and use frequently, the “Find” button. This button allows me to search a particular word and if I choose, replace it with something better.

As I reach the halfway point of NaNoWriMo, I wish I could use the “Find” button for some motivation. For 14 days, the motivation has been present. Albeit some days more than others. So far, I’ve been able to stay on track with my word count.

This morning when I looked at the calendar, the red numbers 1 and 5 were staring me in the face. My word count of 25,600 indicates I’m a little more than half way to my goal, but my mind is questioning, “Am I really only half way there?”

At that moment, I realized I had to utilize my “Find” button for a new mindset. If I allowed my mind to continue down this negative and self-doubting path, I would fail. If I focused on how many words I still have to write, I would fail.

Instead of traveling down that path, I chose to hit “Find” and there it was, perseverance, a tendency that every person has the ability to utilize, if they so choose. So today, I will persevere. I will stay on my steady course of action. Instead of asking, “Am I really only half way there?” I choose to say, “Look how far I’ve come, I’m almost there.”

What keeps you motivated in your writing or in life?


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

18 thoughts on ““Find”ing the Finish

  1. 25,000 is a lot of words in itself! I started posting my word count on my facebook at random increments – and the responses I get are amazingly helpful. When friends find out what I am doing they say “wow that’s a lot!” even when it was only 20,000 words and to me that felt like nothing – but stepping away from it – it is a lot! Keep it up we will get there!


  2. Wow, you’re doing great with your word count! Congratulations! I like charting my word count. If I get discouraged, I look at what I’ve accomplished that week, and realize every little bit helps. It usually motivates me to get a little bit more 🙂


  3. Maybe you are making this about numbers and not words?


  4. I think what motivates me to write is just remembering to love what I’m doing. There is a sort of excitement to writing much like reading a new book, but what’s really awesome is that you’re the first person to ever read it. It’s that excitement that keeps me writing even when I begin to question myself and my story. Nanowrimo is great in the sense that by the end of the month, you’ll have discovered a potentially excellent story that no one else has ever read before.

    Keep up the good work, 25,600 words is a celebration point. You’re doing great, and your story will be just fine. 🙂


  5. I don’t think I really have problem finding motivation to write. I more have a problem taking the time I have available to write instead of wasting it on other activities.

    Nice job so far this November and good luck in reaching the finish.


  6. Great post, Jill. You’re smart to stop yourself from going down a negative path. Don’t project. Focus on what you are doing in the present to work toward your goal, and you’ll get there. Now, go write! 🙂


    • Thanks, Jolyse! I’m doing a wonderful job at procrastinating today, but I’ll follow your advice and go write now. 🙂


      • I’m curious. How did you do today? I finished a chapter and sent it off to my critique partner. (We exchange chapters weekly.) I’m off to write my blog post now. Here’s to a prolific week, one hour, one day at a time. Plot and focus–keys that help me persevere.


      • Thanks for checking back, Jolyse. I wrote 2015 words today. I wanted to do more, but football and Christmas decorating stole my time. I’m curious, how did you find your critique partner? I hope you have a great week!


    • Jill, my critique partner happens to be one of my LIRW Chaptermates. We hit it off immediately, like kismet. Our strengths complement each other although we write in different subgenres of romance. You had a very good writing day, at least by my word count standards. Happy Thanksgiving! Back to my blog post…


  7. Every novel is a mountain of sorts, and while I;m not an outdoor activity-type, I feel I certainly get my workout in writing. But it’s not easy, perseverance is the key. You’re halfway to fifty, which is an incredible achievement. Keep plugging away, that goal gets closer with every word!


  8. Jill, thanks for visiting my site–I’m so glad to have found yours! Great posts, and I hope you appreciate how awesome you are to keep writing through your doubt and frustration!


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