Day 16 of NaNoWriMo, one day after the halfway point (oops). Which leaves us with fourteen more days before this heart pumping, hair pulling, coffee and sugar adrenaline comes to an end. Is that good or bad?
For some of you, this 30 day writing spree is a walk in the park. By now you’ve hit that 25,000 word mark with minimal sweat. For the rest, it is pure chaos. You probably have fallen behind or worse, like me, gotten overwhelmed with other life duties, work, etc that you’ve lost track of NaNoWriMo.
Editing, revising, cover designing, and painting are a few of the things I am currently wrapped up in. You might have your own list, maybe even longer than mine. Now, these aren’t excuses but examples of one of the most important things we forget. When starting a huge task as writing a novel in 30 days you want to minimize your other projects, put aside those that can wait and make time for the rest.
Here are a few ideas you could put into effect to do just that.
- Create a schedule if you haven’t yet. Make it as detailed as needed just don’t use it as an excuse to stay away from actually writing.
- Breakdown your day into phases. Group the things you need to do in your day into most important, important, and least.
- Keep the distractions at a minimal. Disconnect your laptop from the internet if you get tempted to surf it often. Put your phone on vibrate and tell your family and friends not to call you unless it is important for the next few hours.
- Keep snacks and beverages at hand so that you don’t have to get up to get it. Distractions come at all times and manners, keep them at bay.
- Take short breaks to stretch and rewind. Sitting down for longer periods can zap all your energy and concentration.
- Create a prompt list for when you aren’t writing and ideas come to you about a new book. Write them down and forget them. It helps to keep your mind clear of things not related to your current goal: finishing that novel.
Have a few suggestions, tips, tricks you use to keep your mind sharp and focused on writing? Share them with us. Already read this week’s pep talk by Tamora Pierce, writer of the Song of the Lioness and Immortals quartets and require a little more motivational reading? I leave you with two articles I found enlightening to lessen those hard knocks that seem to cling to most of us during this time in NaNoWriMo.
And now the dreaded word count.
Current Word Count: 13,011
Words behind: 11,994