Many of you are participating in NaNoWriMo 2018 so I wanted to offer a few words of encouragement and congratulations. In September and October, writing blogs flood the internet with advice on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo, but once NaNo starts, the advice stops. I want to change that.
I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year. I remember some days feeling super accomplished and amazed that I was writing so much. But other days were harder. I was getting pretty creative with ways to find time to write, and with adding to my word count. Anything to squeeze in a few more minutes of writing or lengthen my novel was fair game. It was exhilarating but exhausting.
I also remember the crazy days making up for falling behind or trying to get ahead because I knew I’d have less time to write other days. It was stressful not knowing if I’d make my goal. I wanted so badly to win. NaNoWriMo is a beast to be slain, and it helps to have some positive words to keep you going.
If you are not participating in NaNoWriMo 2018, I’m still talking to you too. This encouragement applies to whatever writing goal you are pursuing.
NaNoWriMo 2018: Half Way There (Words of Encouragement and Congratulations)
Straggling in NaNoWriMo 2018?
If you find yourself falling behind the goal of writing the approximate 1700 words a day, it can be tough to keep writing. You may have days where you feel it will be impossible to write 50K by the end of the the month. But please, please don’t give up. Look at how much you have written. Focus on what you’ve accomplished and tell yourself you’ve done an incredible job. Odds are, you’ve written more than you would have without attempting NaNo. Even if you don’t write the full 50K you’ve still achieved something.
Action Plan for Stragglers
Look at how much you’ve written, and decide if you can or even want to catch up. If it feels possible to write a bit more and get back on track, go for it. If it feels overwhelming and makes you want to cry or quit writing, consider trying to finish the month with a solid 30K or something that feels doable. It is okay to readjust your goal. No matter how much you write, you should congratulate yourself for the progress you are making.
On Track in NaNoWriMo 2018?
Congratulations! Writing that much is hard work. You deserve to give yourself a round of applause or a pat on the back. Finding time to write 1700+ words a day can take a lot of preparation, and even some sacrifice. It can be hard to readjust your normal routine or shift your priorities. I know I felt some mom guilt writing more and playing with my little one less.
But as long as you aren’t completely abandoning something that is important to you, it’s okay to temporarily allocate more time to one priority instead of another.
Action Plan for Those on Track
Writing that much can be overwhelming and the fear of burning out is real. Make sure you are finding ways to take care of yourself and stay inspired. Even if it’s just a 5 minute walk or any activity that helps you relieve stress and recharge will go a long way in helping you have a strong finish for NaNoWriMo 2018. It might even be more helpful than an extra 5 minutes to write.