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Day 30: NaNoWriMo

Huzzah! A hearty congrats to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo even the slightest bit. If you didn’t reach the 50k, at least you hopefully wrote more than you had before. If you did “win”, a bigger huzzah for you! There’s still a few more hours for those still behind–not too late to catch up.

For those that did brave the month, it’s important to remember that what comes next will only make you stronger. (I say this only because I am already cringing at the thought of editing and what that entails). This is the first NaNo in several years that I actually think is not horrible. I did not stop halfway through and think, “uh oh, something’s gone wrong.” Nope, this time, it seemed to work out. Of course, that thought in itself is terrifying. There must be something I missed.

For those thinking about editing this novel, I advise giving it a rest. Give yourself a break from writing and thinking about it and then come back to it with a fresh perspective. I can almost guarantee you will discover it is far better than you’re thinking, or far worse. Either way, editing is a necessary evil.

But for now, rejoice that the month is over. Holidays are approaching, and use them as an excuse to do whatever you want with your time. No one’s judging you for that unfinished manuscript sitting on your computer. It’ll be there when you get back. For now, enjoy and be grateful it’s over.

Writing Tips

To Quote a Disney Song, We’re Almost There

Halfway through NaNo (okay, more than halfway), and this is usually the part where people start to slow down or even give up completely. I spent most of the first ten days behind on NaNo, then things leveled out, and now I find myself ahead. Isn’t it lovely sometimes how things come together? And then there are things that don’t come together.

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Writing Tips

5 Tips to Playing Catch-Up

NaNo has arrived, along with a ton of other things to do this month. What does that mean? Well, I was behind, like 10k words behind. Never fear, though! There was still time to catch up. So how do you do that?

1. Set a goal. Luckily for us NaNo participants, the nanowrimo website has a handy dandy calculator that tells us how many words per day we must write in order to catch up. Setting goals helps you do things little by little instead of all at one.

2. Enlist help. Find someone to do word wars with! Small sprints of writing help you stay focused and get things done quickly.

3. Reward yourself. Rewards come in all shapes and sizes. My favorite reward is peppermint patties. They’re the perfect size to eat one and not feel bad, plus peppermint is a great gateway into the holiday season.

4. Plot it out. Sometimes the reason we’re behind or stuck if because we don’t know where to go. Take a break and think up a few possible scenarios for where the story could go.

5. Take inspiration from your surroundings. On the other side of plotting is pantsing! Add in something around you and see where it takes you.

Catching up is certainly not impossible, and it’s much easier if you turn off distractions and actually focus on writing. There’s still time, so don’t give up yet!